Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says his team will give Preston North End ‘great respect’ in the FA Cup with Budweiser fourth-round meeting between the sides on Friday night.The Reds boss insists they will not be underestimating The Lilywhites, who have only lost three away games all season and currently sit 4th in Sky Bet League One.
He told Forest Player: “Preston North End have been successful over a number of years and they will be competitive again. They demand the right attitude from their players in order to respect the history of that great club.
“We will pay Preston great respect because they’ve got good, experienced players. Cup ties are a great leveller and we won’t be complacent in any way because if we do, we’ll get punished.”
The Reds are aiming for their fifth consecutive home win and the manager says they must be at their ruthless best if they are to make it past Simon Grayson’s side and into the next round.
He said: “The one thing we can’t afford to do is take our foot off the gas. For me, the most important thing is to keep the momentum going. We need to make sure our quality, effort and attitude matches the opposition and then we’ll cause them problems.
“Our home form is something we have great pride in. We encourage the players to keep performing well in front of our supporters and keep showing that passion and pride in the Forest shirt.”
Eric Lichaj, Jack Hobbs and Jamaal Lascelles were all absent in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers but their manager was pleased to reveal his injury problems are showing signs of easing ahead of Friday’s clash.
The Reds boss said: “There are one or two who could come back into the side. The lads who missed out last weekend have all made good progress so that’s encouraging news for us. We’ll have a look at them in training today before making a late decision.”