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High-quality encounter

14 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton knows that Wolves pose a tough challenge and expects them to be in and around the promotion mix come the end of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side sit fourth in the Championship ahead of Saturday's match but Warburton has faith in his talented side.

He said: "They are a good outfit and they have had a strong start to the season. They have invested over the summer and made their intentions clear. They are a big club, we know what we face and they are a talented team but so are we.

"We look forward to what should be a high-quality encounter as there is no doubt they cause teams problems going forward, they have a physicality, pace and their shape is well defined. But it is about Forest, we are at home and we are looking forward to it.

"It is early days but I saw their intent in the summer. They were certainly trying to make a statement and, like many clubs, they want to reach the promised land of the Premier League and that is everyone's aim.

"There are a lot of teams that want to get into that top two, or top six and fight your way from there, to get into the Premier League. There are a lot of teams who are saying the same things."

With a tough schedule, Warburton says he will be taking it one game at a time to see where The Reds end up but knows they must be fully prepared for each fixture.

He said: "It would be foolish to stick your neck out and say 'we will do this'. What we have to do is be as competitive as possible and finish up as high as we can.

"You have to take it one game at a time, the only game that matters at the moment is Wolves. If you take your eye off that then you are in trouble as the fine margins in this division are such that if you are not at it, you can get hurt.

"You have to make sure you prepare well and analyse, but if we realise the potential that is in this squad we will do OK come the end of the season."

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