Nottingham Forest’s Armand Traore says The Reds have to focus on playing their own game when they take on Derby County on Sunday.
The defender is set to feature in his first East Midlands derby and believes the squad is in good shape heading into the clash.
"We look strong," he said. "We have managed to work quite a bit since the Sheffield United game and we have been focusing on Derby. Everybody is looking forward to it and we don't have to say how big it is for Nottingham and for the fans as we are fully aware that it is a war.
"These are the games that every player wants to play in. It will be right up there for me; I have played in a few derbies in Italy and in England and they are the best games to play. I am really looking forward to it.
"We are going there to play, that is not going to change. We will go out there and do what we have been working on and I expect Derby to come out flying. They haven't had the best results and it could go either way.
"We have looked at Derby in and out of possession and we have prepared for it like any other game. Everybody knows this game is huge but we have to go out there and play football the way we want to play it."