Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his team’s strong recent home form means a lot of sides will ‘fear’ coming to The City Ground.
The Reds go into Sunday’s clash with Leeds United (kick-off 4.30pm) with their sights set on a fifth consecutive home victory and the manager is eagerly anticipating the contest.
Speaking to Forest Player HD, he said: “I’m looking forward to the game. I played for Leeds United and I know that it is a huge, fantastic club.
“But I know that a lot of teams will come to The City Ground fearing us and we need to make sure we intimidate them through our football.
“We have to be strong in our work, we know they have also hit a little bit of form and we’d encourage all the Forest fans to get down to the game on Sunday and hopefully the best team wins.
“Steve Evans is a very vocal manager who tries to intimidate from the sidelines but it won’t work with myself. We need to concentrate on what we are about and what we do and if we do that then we will win the game.”
Sunday’s game is the start of a busy schedule for Forest as they face three games in seven days and Freedman admits squad rotation will be key to keeping his players fresh for the challenges ahead.
He said: “You have to utilise your squad during this period. With two games in three days against Leeds and Cardiff it is going to be difficult to play the same side in both matches given the intensity of the Championship.
“We might have to change a few players for the Cardiff game and then change again when we go to Charlton. We don’t know who might be injured or suspended so it is a test of the strength of our squad and also a test of the players’ character.
“After the Leeds game we will travel down to Cardiff which will be tough but I think we are prepared for it. We need to continue the momentum we have built up in recent weeks but without unbalancing the squad."