Tyler Walker said Nottingham Forest will need to learn from the experience of playing against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.
The Reds suffered a 5-1 defeat to exit the competition and Walker said that the two early goals conceded made it a more difficult task.
He said: "We have come into the round and we wanted to play the way we play, but we have come up against great opposition.
"It is definitely frustrating as we wanted to come and nullify them but it's hard when you are playing against such a good team. We are going to have to learn from it and carry on to Saturday.
"We didn't need a start like that; it was an uphill battle from there. We did well in periods but at this level you will get punished if you make the smallest of errors."
The striker was pleased to have been named in the starting eleven – his first start for the club since October 2015 – and he knows he must keep working hard.
He said: "I was buzzing; I am a Forest player and I want to play for Forest and It was really good for me to get the minutes in at such a great stadium.
"I have given my all since I have been back and I appreciate the gaffer's trust in me to start me tonight.
"I am working hard and I want to challenge for my place here. This is my club and I want to be playing for Forest."