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Nottingham Forest v Blues preview

The week has given us a chance to reflect on what we do and how we move forward.

Pep Clotet.

Our full match preview ahead of this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Forest at the City Ground (3pm kick-off).

Pep Clotet on how he has utilised a full week of training with his players...
"We've been working hard on a few things, but particularly on correcting mistakes which happened on Saturday against Bristol. The week has given us a chance to reflect on what we do and how we move forward. We did a lot of work on Wednesday in correcting those mistakes that happened and on Tuesday we did a little more work on the finishing side and as well on the strength side. Yesterday was a rest day and today is about game preparation. Having a full week with the players is very valuable because it gives them the chance to get to know each better and know what kind of passes they like and what kind of situations they're stronger in."

Pep Clotet on his side collecting four points from their opening two games...
"It's a solid start and I'm very happy for the players and the fans. The fact we have four points already gives us the opportunity to focus on our performances. But my pressure is always the same and I want to win every game. We know it's impossible to win every game in football, but the important thing is that we see that desire and hunger to win."

Pep Clotet on the challenge that Blues face at Nottingham Forest...
"It's a tough challenge for us playing against a team in need of a win and sometimes that's not easy to handle. We'll try and perform again and see what happens. We know the strengths and weakness they have, but we need to focus on what we are good at. After this weekend we have a game at home (on Tuesday against Barnsley) and away next Sunday (at Swansea City), so we have three games in a week. After that we'll see where we're heading and what the challenge is in front of us. I just want the team to keep growing and enjoying the football they are producing."

Pep Clotet on looking to his players to show more of their excellent attacking play they demonstrated in spells against Bristol City for longer periods in games...
"I would like that, but it is difficult to play that kind of football at this level in the Championship, but that's our aim. Playing good football doesn't just mean moving the ball well it's also about being good defensively. It's very important to get the balance right."

Blues team news...
Kerim Mrabti (hamstring) is edging closer to a return. Jonathan Grounds (calf), Cheick Keita (hamstring) and Maikel Kieftenbeld (knee) are all unavailable.

Nottingham Forest team news...
Joao Carvalho, Ryan Yates, Yohan Benalouane, Tendayi Darikwa and Michael Hefele are all out injured. Former Blues loan defender Carl Jenkinson could make the squad.

Last five meetings between Nottingham Forest and Blues...
Championship 02 Feb 2019 Blues 2 Nottm Forest 0
Championship 25 Aug 2018 Nottm Forest 2 Blues 2
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

Line-ups last Championship game...
Blues (4-3-3) v Bristol City: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Colin, Sunjic, G Gardner, Davis, Crowley (Harding, 66), Villalba (Medina, 89), Jutkiewicz.
Leeds United v Nottm Forest (4-1-4-1): Forest: Muric; Cash, Worrall, Dawson, Robinson; Semedo, Watson (Mir,72); Adomah (Ameobi, 64), Silva (Sow, 57), Lolley; Grabban

BluesTV...
Supporters in the Great Britain and Ireland can get exclusive audio commentary. Commentary will be provided by Jonathan Bell and Dale Moon. Because of broadcasting restrictions, the game will only be available to international subscribers in the following countries.

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Match officials...
Referee Tony Harrington will take charge of the game. So far this season, the Cleveland-based official has refereed two games where he has produced a total of five yellow cards and no reds. The last Blues game he refereed was our Championship away game at Hull City in March 2019. Blues lost that match 2-0 and there were three players booked; including Craig Gardner for the visitors. The last Forest game he took charge of was their 1-0 away league defeat to Millwall in December 2018. There were four players cautioned in that match; including Forest players Jack Robinson and Claudio Yacob. Mr Harrington will be assisted on Saturday by James Mainwaring and Andrew Fox, with Robert Lewis acting as the fourth official.

Ticket news...
Blues have sold out of our full allocation of 2,006 tickets for this game.

Message to supporters...
The Club urges all supporters to be responsible in their behaviour and actions. Birmingham City knows that the overwhelming majority of our supporters do not indulge in anti-social activities and are passionate about the players and the Club. We appreciate this and never take it for granted. We adopt a zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of missiles and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. Pitch encroachment is forbidden and against the law. Please DO NOT encroach onto the pitch, under any circumstances. Think of the damage you may be doing to your Club and also the punishment you may incur personally. It is important that bottles, coins, flares and other items not thrown at our matches. Again, we would like to thank the overwhelming majority of supporters for their backing and their understanding."

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