Michael Dawson knows that no matter how well Nottingham Forest perform against Birmingham tomorrow, the three points is the most important thing.
The Reds snatched a draw against Wigan last weekend with a late goal and Dawson feels that while the performances need to improve, the results are ultimately what matter the most.
He said: “You can put back-to-back wins together in the Championship, and you need to do it. In our home games we beat Reading and drew to West Brom; I thought we played better against West Brom than we did against Reading but we got the three points and that is the most important thing.
“I watched Birmingham on TV last week and it was a game they deserved to win, but you don’t always get what you deserve in the Championship.
“It is about what we do, going out there and performing better than we did against Wigan, but whatever we do it is about getting the three points as that is what it comes down to.”
Dawson is looking forward to getting back out there in front of the home support after big crowds turned out for the opening two home games of the season against West Brom and Reading.
“The atmosphere against West Brom was electric, it was a great atmosphere and that breeds onto the pitch,” he said. “You could see it, obviously being in the squad but not playing, you could feel it and the place was buzzing.
“The fans and everyone are excited but we are going to have ups and downs. I have said that from day one and the season doesn’t run exactly how you want it to. You have got to take the rough with the smooth and we did that at Wigan because we were under all kinds of pressure in the first half.
“When you do get your rewards with a 90th-minute goal it makes you feel better, but back at home we will dominate teams. We have the players to do that but no game in the Championship is easy. You can’t just expect to turn up and roll teams over because that very rarely happens.”