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Relish the occasion

13 October 2017

Mark Warburton is relishing the occasion as Nottingham Forest travel to Pride Park for the East Midlands derby on Sunday.

The Reds' boss says his players need to harness the atmosphere and the importance of the game and turn it into a good performance.

He said: "It is one of those occasions that we know how much it means to the supporters but they are all big games in this league; you don't get five points for winning on Sunday. It is the next three points.

"We are well aware of the significance of the game and what it means to so many people at the club but we go there well prepared, looking to put in a good, balanced performance and to get the three points.

"As a football fan you know the importance of this type of game. These are important to so many people and you have to enjoy the occasion. There will be a great atmosphere at a good stadium; it will be an intense encounter but we have to keep things consistent in terms of our preparation and performance.

"All derbies are different and they mean so much to the various supporters. You have to appreciate it. There is no love lost between the two sides and you have to respect it, let the supporters understand that you know what it means and hopefully we can deliver a quality performance."

Derby have had an indifferent start to the season, going five games without a win, but Warburton is aware of the threat Gary Rowett's side will pose.

"We have had the same problems as them at times and I am sure some of their performances have been very good and haven't yielded the points they wanted or deserved," he said.

"They have some very good individual talents within their squad but we have analysed them and we know what their threats are. We know what we have to do and we have looked at where we can hurt them."


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