Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says his players have rested up and are raring to go ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
Forest’s players had to work exceptionally hard without the ball during Tuesday night’s EFL Cup defeat to Arsenal but Montanier says he is happy with the way his squad is shaping up ahead of the clash at Hillsborough.
He said: “Sheffield Wednesday are one of the best sides in the Championship, they did well to reach the play-off final last season and it is a game for us to enjoy. It is a big challenge but we feel like we’re ready to go.
“Everyone has recovered extremely well from Tuesday and we’ve picked up no further injuries which is important. Everyone is ready for the game and there can be no excuses now, we’re travelling there to get a result.
“The Arsenal game shook the lads’ confidence but I know we will bounce back. The best medicine to recover from a defeat is a win and we’re hopeful that if we can get a positive result on Saturday then it can start a winning run.”
The Reds have yet to keep a clean sheet this season but, following improved performances at Aston Villa and Rotherham in their last two away games, Montanier believes his side can be more solid on the road.
He said: “We’re working towards getting a clean sheet and it is a target for everyone in the squad. We know we need to be more solid, particularly away from home, but the game at Aston Villa showed we can be.
“But at the other end we also have to be more clinical. We need to take our chances when they come, maybe if we had taken a couple of early chances against Arsenal the result might have been different, and we have to start doing that."