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Ready for the challenge

29 January 2016

Dexter Blackstock believes Nottingham Forest have the experience and pedigree to go toe-to-toe with Premier League Watford on Saturday.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side arrive at The City Ground tomorrow for an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round match.

And, despite their lofty position in the pyramid, Blackstock says Forest won’t be afraid of Watford.

The striker told Forest Player HD: “We’ve got a very good squad of players, most of whom have played Premier League football. It’s not such a big thing especially, with all due to respect to Watford, with them just getting into the Premier League.

“We’re used to playing Watford season in, season out and if we were playing them at home any other time we’d be expecting to win the game. This is no different.

“It will be a difficult game but we’re definitely not scared of Watford. It’s another one we’re aiming to win. The manager hasn’t done anything drastically different. He’s prepared us well like he has all season and we’re ready to go into the game.”

Blackstock is fully aware of the positive influence a cup run can have for everyone involved.

He said: “When I was at QPR we had a few little runs and played some big teams, Chelsea and Manchester United away. We had some good days out.

“The FA Cup is a great competition, especially for the fans, and we want to go far in it this year.”

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