Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said that it is important for his side to continue to improve with each game as Stoke City visit The City Ground on Saturday.
The Reds picked up a vital victory over Sheffield United last weekend and Karanka thinks that having a full week to prepare for the match can only help his side.
He said: "I have said always that it is important to improve and to grow. This league never stops and it is difficult to work to prepare for Leeds away, then two or three days later to have to prepare to play against Burton away, then two days later again we play against Sheffield United.
"It is not easy but we are doing well, the players are doing really well and I think we are in the right way.
"This week we have been able to train well on the training pitch, then the next two weeks we will have a lot of players on the training pitch. Then after the international break the fixtures will come easier for us so it is a good time to work on the pitch."
Forest have already faced Stoke in the Carabao Cup this season, coming out on top 3-2 at The City Ground, and Karanka is expecting an equally difficult match this weekend.
He said: "It will be really tough and we had the experience in the cup, when we were winning 3-0 and everyone thought the game was over. Then they almost equalised the game so they have a very good squad and a very good manager.
"Our biggest mistake will be to underestimate them, because they have a lot of experienced players and a good coach.
"I think they will be near the top at the end of the season because it is difficult for every single team, when you are relegated, to settle into the Championship. But they are improving and if the manager has the time, they will do well."