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Time to kick on

26 August 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills says tomorrow's game against Leeds United will give The Reds a good chance to head into the international break in high spirits.

Philippe Montanier's men have had two home wins from two so far this season and Mills believes victory over Leeds at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) will underline their good start to the new campaign.

He said: "It's been a positive start to the season. We've had two good wins in the league at home, we're sitting in a reasonable position and we've got a great cup tie to look forward to. Now we need to capitalise on tomorrow's game being at home and see where the land lies as we go into the international break.

"We've had two newly-promoted teams visit The City Ground so far and tomorrow's game will pose a different threat. Leeds have started to find their feet under their new manager so it will be a difficult game but we'll all be prepared and will hopefully overcome the challenge."

The former Leicester and Bolton defender has featured as both a starter and a substitute for Forest this season but Mills says the key is to keep calm with the personnel in the side changing on such a regular basis.

He said: "You just have to concentrate on yourself. You have to make sure that mentally you're in the right space to be called upon at any time. Take last Saturday for example, I had to come off the bench and that is something I haven't had to do for a while. That posed a different mental task but it was good to come in and be part of a winning side.

"As a defender I obviously like games where we're more solid at the back but at the moment we're playing a more open, expansive style of football. We're constantly working with the staff to try and improve defensively and I think it is important that as a team we keep communicating well on the field."

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday evening and Mills believes that The Reds will be in a much stronger and more-balanced position once the speculation has come to an end.

He said: "I think the transfer speculation does have an effect on players in the dressing room. I think you saw last season that when the transfer window closed and our squad was finalised, we started to put in better performances and had a really focused group.

"The players in our squad right now haven't had a dip in the standard of their performances and that is a credit to them. They're difficult situations to handle but everyone is pulling together right now for the benefit of Nottingham Forest."

Tickets are still available for the next home game against Leeds United via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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