Andy Reid says there is plenty of positivity in the Nottingham Forest camp ahead of Saturday’s East Midlands derby.
The Reds produced a strong display against Hull on Tuesday night before commencing their preparations for Saturday’s match at the iPro Stadium.
And Reid, who is assisting with first-team coaching, says the players are in buoyant mood.
The Irishman told Forest Player HD: “Preparations have been really good. There’s a lot of positivity surrounding the place and we’re hopefully going to take that into Saturday.
“We’re fully aware of how big and important the game is but, as much as we want to win, we can’t get caught up in the occasion. We’ve got to make sure the team is set up properly and that we go out and play the football we want to play.
“We know Derby have got some good players - their league position suggests they’re a top-six team – but we’ve got good players as well and we’ll have no problem matching them up.
“We don’t think for one second it’s going to be easy but we’re going to go there and try and win the game.”
Reid is excited for a match which presents Forest with a chance to gift their own fans the bragging rights for the second time this season.
He said: “Our fans always turn up in massive numbers and it’s nice when we can give them something to cheer about. It’s up to us to do that and the best thing we can do is give them a win in the local derby.
“If we can do that, we’ll have beaten Derby home and away this season – that’ll be nice.”