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A One-Off

4 January 2014

Billy Davies says his Nottingham Forest side’s form will go ‘out of the window’ when they face West Ham in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round at The City Ground on Sunday.

The Reds go into the match after picking up seven Sky Bet Championship points from a possible nine over a tough Christmas schedule but, speaking to Forest Player ahead of training this morning, Forest’s manager believes recent records will have no influence on proceedings when their top-flight opponents arrive on Trentside.

He said: “It’s a cup game. League form and positions go out of the window. This is a one-off match on a day when whoever performs best goes through to the next round. No matter if it’s against a Premier League side or a League Two side, every cup game is a good leveller. The players’ attitudes have to be right.”

Many managers see cup competitions as an opportunity to hand game time to some of their lesser-used squad members, and The Reds boss says his side are ready to face whatever The Hammers throw at them.

He said: “We’ve always prepared for what the opposition may do regarding team selection and tactics. We know it’s a difficult match and we must prepare for what they do and who they are.

“But it doesn’t change what we do. We know we have to approach the game our way and go into it knowing we can cause the opposition as many problems as possible.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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