SIMON GRAYSON is keeping his team shape and personnel strictly under wraps for the visit of Nottingham Forest tonight but promised: “We are going into the game full of belief.”
Town impressed 500 travelling fans and millions watching on Sky TV with a commendably disciplined display against promotion favourites Cardiff City on Friday night, despite losing 1-0 to a last-gasp goal from Mark Hudson.
Grayson was delighted with the performance in a 4-5-1 formation and, even though they haven’t scored in two senior outings so far, Town are targeting a first Championship win in 11 years against Sean O’Driscoll’s new-look line-up.
“Every aspect of our performance at Cardiff was pleasing apart from the result and, while we would have preferred to have played poorly and won, we can take a lot of heart from that 90 minutes,” said Grayson.
“I think before we played on Friday, quite a lot of people were probably nervous and apprehensive about how we might go at this level, but maybe that performance has highlighted the belief I have got in the players and highlighted that we can be competitive in the Championship.
“This season will not be all about us just turning up and winning matches, we have to be realistic about that.
“You have to respect the opposition at this level because you are up against better players and better teams who have been around in the Championship a lot longer than we have.
“No disrespect to League I, but nine times out of 10 we were expected to win games and it was all about what we did.