Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is expecting ‘a great game of football’ when his side take on Watford at The City Ground on Thursday night (kick-off 7.45pm).The Hornets have struggled for form in recent weeks but gave Manchester City a scare in the FA Cup on Saturday and the Forest manager will not be underestimating the threat posed by Giuseppe Sannino’s cosmopolitan side.
The Reds boss told Forest Player: “This will be a very good test for us against a strong Watford team. We know they’ve got some excellent players and it should be a great game of football for the fans in the ground and the people watching on television.
“There’s a long way to go in the season and Watford are still a threat to any team in this league. But we know that we can cause them problems on the night and we’ll try and prevent them doing any damage to us.”
The Reds manager has been unable to select a regular defensive line-up due to a host of injuries and suspensions but says he will continue to pick the strongest team available to him whether in league or cup competition.
He said: “Every single game we pick the best possible team to go and win the match. Squad rotation will be important because of the amount of matches we have coming up but consistency is vital and we want to stick with a team that is winning games.
“If there’s one area of the team that you want to keep consistent then it is the back five. Unfortunately we’ve had to adjust and adapt because of all the injuries and suspensions but that’s part of being a football manager and it is something you deal with.
“Generally the injury list isn’t looking too bad at the moment and it was good to get some minutes into Eric Lichaj on Friday. Jamaal Lascelles is also on the way back but he could do with another two or three days of training.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.