Nottingham Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick expects few changes to be made for tomorrow’s trip to Tranmere Rovers.Forest travel to Prenton Park for the first round of the Capital One Cup after beating Blackpool 2-0 on the opening day of the season.
And Eastick says manager Stuart Pearce will be treating the match against the League Two outfit with the utmost importance.
Speaking earlier to Forest Player, Eastick said: “This club has great tradition in this cup competition and we want to do well in it. The team will be strong and I don’t think Stuart will be making lots of changes.
“Because of the severity of the fixture list in this league he does have to keep one eye on the Bolton and Bournemouth games, which will involve quite a lot of travelling. It won’t be a case of dropping people, it’ll be about utilising the squad to the best of his ability.
“Stuart went to watch Tranmere in pre-season and the first thing he said to Steve Wigley and I was ‘this is going to be a very difficult game.’ We have to put a team out which can hopefully win it.”
Pearce’s reception ahead of kick-off on Saturday has drawn interest from around the football world and Eastick hopes success on the pitch will lead to more of the same.
He said: “The hairs on the back of my neck stood up as he came out. I think he was overwhelmed with the reception he got.
“We weren’t surprised because we know how highly he is regarded by supporters.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere and, if we can win football matches, that will be reproduced and reproduced."
Click here to watch Eastick reflect on the win over Blackpool and here to watch his preview of the trip to Tranmere.