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Preview: Nottingham Forest v Blues

Full match preview ahead of Saturday's game.

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Our full match preview ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Forest at the City Ground (5.30pm kick-off).

Garry Monk on the recent performances of his players...
"I'm very happy with the performances and the players. They are doing so much right in the bulk of the games. We're well-aware of the need to finish off teams when we're on top. Being ruthless in those moments is stuff we need to get right, but everyone is aware of that and the players know that themselves. If we continue doing that it's inevitable it will turn, and they'll get the results their efforts deserve and that's what we're focusing on."

Garry Monk on picking his players up when they have not won despite dominating their last two games...
"It's easier when you're performing. When you're not performing and losing, it's a different kettle of fish. Of course, there's disappointment because of the standards we've set, but it's a lot easier when you know they're very close. At this moment we've just been a bit unlucky with the results that we've had and not being able to pick up more poinst, but there's no moping about or feeling sorry for ourselves."

Garry Monk on his decision to opt for Omar Bogle rather than Che Adams up front...
"They're decisions you make on a daily basis. As always when you select a team, you do what you think is best for the team. A lot of factors go into that - judging the opposition, judging yourselves and training with the players every single day and where you feel they're at. The decisions are always made with the best intentions for the team that goes out on the pitch and that can change from week to week."

Garry Monk asked if he was likely to make changes with the Forest game coming so quickly after Wednesday's trip to Bolton...
"We've worked incredibly hard on our fitness. You can see the lads are fit and conditioned for the Championship with the schedule we have. But I've said all along the squad has to be ready and everybody is going to be needed at some point. Of course, when that point comes, it's about being ready. There's always that point to be assessing after games any bumps or bruises and trying to make the judgement for the team that goes out on the pitch in the next game."

Garry Monk on Forest...
"They have high expectations because of the investment that they've made. But they've got a manager that's used to that kind of expectation. Of course, their ambition is promotion. When you face any team in this league you know how difficult it is, but when you're facing teams of that ilk it's even harder. But what we're focusing on is that performance level that we showed against Swansea and doing more things right than wrong and giving ourselves an opportunity in the game."

Forest manager Aitor Karanka's comments ahead of the game...
“I know what we have to do but we are optimistic as we are unbeaten, with six points on the table and we are playing at home. It will be a tough game. They haven’t won yet, but they are a good team with an experienced manager despite him being young, They lost on Wednesday and I can understand their frustration, so it will be a game that everybody will want to win. I need to think about ourselves and think about who the best players will be to play on Saturday. I need to think about the opponent a little bit, but not a lot as I prefer to think about us, but you need to look at the opponent. This week we have had all of the week to work and I will put the best eleven on the pitch. We need to go to the pitch in the way we did against West Brom and Reading, knowing that we are a good squad, we are confident, and I hope that we have learned from the mistakes we have made and are improving.”

Blues team news…
Midfielder Craig Gardner is available after completing his three-match suspension. Long-term absentees Isaac Vassell (knee/hip) and David Davis (ankle) remain sidelined.

Forest team news...
Midfielder Adlene Guedioura misses out because of a fractured cheekbone.

Last five meetings between Forest and Blues...
Championship 03 Mar 2018 Nottm Forest 2 Blues 1
Championship 18 Nov 2017 Blues 1 Nottm Forest 0
Championship 14 Jan 2017 Blues 0 Nottm Forest 0
Championship 14 Oct 2016 Nottm Forest 3 Blues 1
Championship 12 Jan 2016 Nottm Forest 1 Blues 1

Facts and figures...
- Forest are unbeaten in their opening four league games - winning one of them and drawing three.
- Blues last victory at the City Ground was in a Championship fixture in December 2014. Clayton Donaldson scored twice for Blues and David Cotterill once in the 3-1 success.
- There have been 114 league and cup meetings between Forest and Blues. Forest have won 42 of them, Blues 39 and there have been 33 draws.

Ticket news...
Blues have sold out of our full allocation of 2,018 tickets for this game. Please do not travel to the City Ground unless you already have a ticket.

BluesTV…
Because Saturday's game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, only BluesTV subscribers in the countries below will be able to watch live coverage.
EUROPE: Albania, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain, Ukraine.
ASIA: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan.
OCEANIA: American Samoa, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna.
Subscribers in the UK and in other countries not listed above will be able to listen to the game on BluesTV.
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Match officials…
Tim Robinson will take charge of Saturday's game. So far this season, the West Sussex-based official has refereed three games, where he has produced a total of 12 yellow cards and two reds. The last Blues game he took charge of was our Championship home fixture against Sheffield United in April 2018, which Blues won 2-1. There were three bookings in total during that game; including a yellow card for Blues defender Wes Harding. Mr Robinson will be assisted on Saturday by Jonathan Hunt and Mark Dwyer.

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