Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Burke says he and his team-mates will be treating tonight’s match against Walsall like a league fixture.The Reds take on the League One side in the first round of the Capital One Cup at The City Ground (kick-off 7.45pm).
And Burke says the squad are determined to quash any hopes the visitors have of causing an upset by producing a strong display.
The winger said: “You see teams getting upsets year in, year out. Hopefully it’s not us – we’ll have to make sure of that.
“We’ll respect Walsall and treat the match like a league game. That’s the way to go about your business.
“If we set out to do what we want to do and play to our potential, we should win the match.”
Burke was an unused substitute in Friday’s season opener at Brighton and, although he was disappointed not to play, he was fully behind Dougie Freedman’s team selection.
He said: “The team that set out for the game against Brighton I believe could have won the match.
“The squad is as strong as ever. Competition is fierce and nobody’s guaranteed a starting place. I was obviously disappointed not to play any part but that’s just the way things go.
“The only thing you can do to is affect the game when you do get a chance and it’s up to me to do that.”