Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says he has left his players in no doubt of how difficult Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup first round tie against Fleetwood Town will be.
Joey Barton’s side have won their opening two Sky Bet League One matches and Lamouchi admits his players will have to be at their best to make it to the second round against such a confident opponent.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “It’s a trap game for us, a very difficult game. We will play with a lot of respect for this cup because it is an important competition for myself, for the club and for the fans but also, I want to get a victory as soon as possible whether that is in the cup or not.
“I know of their coach (Joey Barton) because we both represented Marseille during our playing career and he will bring his team here to play well and qualify for the next round. They have some very good young players and they are playing with a good spirit so we have to be careful.
“We will make some changes to the team but not a lot. We need to make sure we carry on with the same enthusiasm that we had on Saturday but we know that it will be a completely different game to the one we had at Leeds and from the one we will face against Birmingham.
“I need to find the right balance. This is not a game for experimentation or just to give some game-time to the new players, this is a game where we need to put out the best available team and progress to the next round.
“The league is always the priority but the best way to prepare for Birmingham is to play well and win against Fleetwood. For that reason I will pick the best team I have available and make sure we go out there to win the game in front of our home supporters.”