Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs says his team-mates are ‘looking sharp’ ahead of this weekend’s visit of Cardiff City.
Forest welcome the Bluebirds to The City Ground
on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), when they will be hoping to become the first side to beat the Welshmen in the league this season.
And Hobbs says there has been a good atmosphere at the training ground in the build up to the match.
The 27-year-old told Forest Player HD: “The mood’s been great. There was no midweek game this week so we’ve had a good opportunity to get some hours out on the training pitch. The lads are looking sharp.
“I think Cardiff will be very well organised. They’ve got some good players; the likes of Peter Whittingham, who is known for his passing range.
“It’ll be a tough game for us but it’s one we’re looking forward to. We want to put our stamp on it again, get on that front foot and hopefully pick up three points.”
Hobbs has been a reliable figure in the heart of Forest’s defence since his arrival from Hull City in 2013, although he has at times been troubled by injury.
Towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign he spoke of his desire to have a strong pre-season to help him build the strength and fitness required to cope with the demands of the Championship.
And, having achieved that this summer, he believes he and his team-mates have had the best possible preparation.
Hobbs said: “The difficulty comes when you’ve had an injury and you don’t have that foundation – you get going again and other parts break down.
“Physically, pre-season was important for us all. Everyone got through it well and hopefully that will be a good foundation for this season.”