Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his side will have to take the attacking initiative if they are to overcome Watford in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round.
The Reds take on the Hornets at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches by progressing to the next round.
And, although Premier League opposition stand in their way, Freedman says there is no point sitting back against Quique Sanchez Flores’ side.
The manager told Forest Player HD: “We need to make sure at times we force ourselves on them. We can’t sit back too much because they will have the quality to beat us.
“There will be times where we need to make sure we keep the ball and are able to attack them in certain ways. That is something I and the fans demand at The City Ground.
“We’ve got many players who have played in the Premier League and younger players who are aspiring to play there. It’s a game that will give us a good indication of where we are and what we’ve got to do.
“It will be a really good game and a fantastic platform for me personally.”
It’s not only the first team who have been preparing for an FA cup competition this week.
The Reds’ Under 18s will face Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup and Freedman insisted they were present at today’s first-team training session.
He said: “Because of the wind we trained in the dome today and we made sure the youth team were there to show them how important it is to win an FA Cup game.
“They’ve got a match against Liverpool coming up so they were all in there watching the detail that goes into the first team’s preparation to play against a Premier League team.”