Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil is expecting a tough battle when his side make the trip to take on Burton Albion on Saturday.
The reverse fixture saw an open game which The Reds won 4-2 on the opening day of the season, and Brazil is expecting a much cagier affair at the Pirelli Stadium as Forest look to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat against Brentford.
He said: “We were disappointed and surprised at the outcome of Tuesday’s game but we have to be sensible. We didn’t get too high after Saturday’s game and we won’t get too low after Tuesday.
“We have come back in and worked hard today and fortunately for us there is another big game on Saturday.
“I can’t see it being an open game, it could be cagey. Burton went to Sheffield Wednesday and after half-an-hour had played three different formations which made it very difficult for Sheffield Wednesday.
“I don’t see it being particularly different on Saturday; they will defend well and get people behind the ball to make it hard for us to score but we have to make sure we get back to what we were doing prior to Tuesday night. If we can get a clean sheet that gives us a platform to build on and hopefully we can be aggressive in attack to get some goals.
“Nigel has done a fantastic job on the resources he has there and it is a fantastic story. They are punching above their weight and it is our job to go there and give a very professional account of ourselves. Hopefully the quality we have in the side will give us the opportunity to get three points.
“We need to make sure we compete on Saturday. There will be a lot of tough duels; it is not going to be a game for the faint-hearted. We will go there, it is a tight ground, and we have to play the way we know we can to get the three points. We know the importance of the game and we need to give a good account of ourselves and firstly, make sure we don’t lose and secondly give it a real go at winning a game of football.”
The impact of players such as Ben Brereton and Zach Clough from the bench in recent games has given Brazil a selection headache, as has the performance of other players on the fringes of the squad in training.
With Michael Mancienne, Chris Cohen and Armand Traore all training today as well, Brazil has plenty of options to choose from.
He said: “From our point of view we are looking to get closer to the middle of the table and three points on Saturday will do that.
“We have sat back and had a look at what happened on Tuesday. When you don’t get a good result a lot of the boys on the peripheries are working hard as they have done today and they are looking to give us problems which is what we want. We want a number of players challenging for selection and it gives us a lot of thought in terms of who we take to Burton and who we start with.
“Mance, Chrissy Cohen and Armand trained today and we have others available. Hopefully we get a good reaction to them training today and we will see what they are like tomorrow morning.”