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We Must Be At Our Best

17 January 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says his side must ‘focus on their own jobs’ ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer left top scorer Jordan Rhodes and key defender Scott Dann out of the side for the 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night but the Reds manager insists his attention is purely on his own squad.

He told Forest Player: “Gary rested two of his best players in Dann and Rhodes on Wednesday night. So perhaps that shows how important he believes the Forest game is.

“But we can’t afford to think too much about the opposition. Whatever names are on the teamsheet, they will have good players who can cause us problems. We need to focus on our own jobs and think about how we can continue our good form.

“In this league you’ve got teams with big wage bills and some fantastic players. Blackburn have an excellent squad and they’ve been on a good run. We know we’ll have to be at our very best to beat them.”

Forest have proved miserly at the back in recent weeks, conceding just three goals in their last eight matches, and the manager says defensive stability is providing an excellent foundation for their recent run of positive results.

The Reds boss said: “We’ve gone back to the good old days where you built a team from the back. The foundation of this football club is that we are hard to beat and we know how to play both at home and away.

“When people are considering a point at Bolton as a failure we know we’re doing something right. The players have set the bar at a very high level and we know that expectation levels are extremely high at the moment.”

Reds defender Jack Hobbs limped off during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers and will miss tomorrow’s game, but his manager accepts injuries are part and parcel of this hectic run of matches.

He said: “Jack is now carrying a hamstring injury so he’ll be on the sidelines for Saturday’s game.

“We might have to wrap some of the lads in cotton wool for a while to get us through this part of the season. But that is what you have to deal with in this very busy period of matches.

“We need to manage the squad as best we can to get through these games.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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