Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says his side must build on the midweek win at Brentford when they travel to Birmingham City on Saturday.
The Reds are aiming to complete a league double over Birmingham but haven’t recorded a victory at St Andrew’s since September 2015 and Lamouchi is well aware of the challenge that Pep Clotet’s side will pose this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “It will be a tough game because it is always difficult to play at St Andrew’s. They have different qualities and different players from Brentford but it will be extremely tough. Every weekend in the Championship gives you a new challenge and they are always difficult.
“The players are completely focused on this game. It is always easier for the players to recover, especially mentally, after a victory but now we have to be consistent. I liked my players’ mentality at Brentford on Tuesday and now we have to take that to Birmingham.
“We are in a great position but one month ago that was not the case. The season is so tough and so long and every week we have a different surprise. We just want to be in the race, do our job and enjoy our football. We’re in a good moment right now and we hope to be in a good position at the end of this month.”
Tuesday’s victory at Griffin Park moved Forest to within two points of the automatic promotion places and Lamouchi admits the pressure and expectation on his side will continue to rise as the business end of the season approaches.
He said: “On Tuesday night, the players respected the plan from the beginning and we disturbed Brentford on their own pitch. My players deserved the three points because they were so clever and they played with personality and confidence and I’m proud of that.
“I don’t think we are under the radar because we are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship and everyone wants to beat us. I think at the beginning of the season, people would have been surprised to see us at the top end of the table but not now.”