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Full of confidence

25 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton knows Leeds will pose a tough test at The City Ground tomorrow but said his side are full of confidence heading into the clash.

The Reds have had a good start to the season, winning three of their opening four league games while also progressing into the third round of the Carabao Cup.

It has been a tough schedule but Warburton knows his side will have to be at their best to get the three points tomorrow.

He said: "It is a demanding league and the games come thick and fast but we are in good shape and we face a Leeds United team who are in a similar position to us.

"They have new owners, have had a good start to the season and we know we face a tough challenge but we go into it full of confidence and it is one we are looking forward to.

"The moment that game finished on Wednesday night, you enjoy that moment but the focus switches onto Leeds. There is no point saying that we were great on Wednesday but poor on Saturday; we have to be in a state of mind, have the belief and confidence and be well rested. We have to do everything we have to do to deliver a performance."

Liam Bridcutt is in line to make his Forest debut against his old club Leeds and The Reds boss believes the midfielder will be motivated to do well for his new side.

"He is a professional player who has joined a new club," Warburton said. "I am sure that whoever we were playing against he would be more than motivated. He wants to impress his peers, he wants to impress the fans and he wants to show himself.

"He has missed some football but his fitness levels are good, we are happy with where he is at and I have no doubts he will be ready if he starts or comes off the bench."

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