Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he expects his side to start 2016 in the best possible fashion when they travel to Charlton on Saturday.
Forest make the journey to the capital looking for a much-needed away win and the manager believes he may need to rotate his squad once again to give them the best chance of victory.
Speaking to Forest Player HD, he said: “First and foremost I’ve got to see how the lads have recovered because we’ve had a lot of travelling to do. I always try and plan two or three games ahead and I’ve got an idea in my mind of what the team against Charlton will look like.
“I’m pretty certain of seven players who will start but it is the guys in midfield and up front who we’ll need to take a look at. We need to work out a formation and see if we want to play two or three up top when we go there.
“We expect the game to be different to the one at Cardiff. We set out at Cardiff to keep it tight and make sure we got something from the game. At Charlton we want to get after them from the first whistle and attack them because we feel like we can take all three points.”
Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw in South Wales extended Forest’s unbeaten run to seven matches and Freedman says making his team tough to beat will be key to success later on in the season.
He said: “When I look back at the games against Preston and Brentford earlier in the season, we had played well but not taken anything away. I felt it was my responsibility to get us to play a little bit more direct and help us pick up some points.
“I think the unbeaten run is well deserved for the players. They’ve been through some difficult moments but if we can break into the top half over the coming weeks then we can make a real run from mid-February towards the end of the season.”