Preview: Blues v Nottingham Forest

They are high on confidence, but it’s a game we are looking forward to.

Steve Cotterill

A full match preview ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture between Blues and Nottingham Forest at St. Andrew's (3pm kick-off).

Steve Cotterill asked how he thought Nottingham Forest had performed so far this season...
“Mark (Warburton) has done well with them, they have had a couple of windows to recruit now, they have recruited well and he has done a fantastic job with them. He’s a good man. He’s got David Weir with him as well. I keep in contact with a few people at Forest, good friends now - and they have done very well. They are high on confidence, but it’s a game we are looking forward to.”

Steve Cotterill on what he made of Forest as a side...
“They are a good footballing team, a la Brentford. They have got some good players there, they are settled in their own skin now, they know how everyone plays. They look like they have got a decent spirit about them. But like I said, it’s a game we are looking forward to now.”

Steve Cotterill on giving David Davis the captain's armband in the absence of Michael Morrison playing...
“From outside in people might look at David Davis and he has that sort of languid body-language sometimes if you see him off the pitch. And he could easily be someone you might not immediately warm to. But he is a fantastic lad, he is a diamond, he works his socks off, every week he’s right up there with somebody who gets round that park. He runs, and he runs and he runs. Can he improve as a footballer? Of course he can, but you show me a footballer who can’t improve. I knew what it would mean to him to be captain and lead the team and I liked that. I liked him last year and the more I get to know him the more I like him. And I think he will get better.”

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton's comments ahead of the game...
“They (Blues) are a wounded animal and a talented team. Look at their squad and the talent they have – they have spent money in the summer. They have had a lot of new players in; they have had a change in manager and that all takes time. Five games is no time at all for a team to settle under a new manager. Earlier in the season I was sat here saying ‘our performances did not get the results they deserved’ and I am sure they will be saying the same thing now. I have watched some of their games and we are well aware of what we face. Every game is important to us; every point we can collect will be invaluable. We have to go there and deliver a performance. They signed a lot of players in the summer and maybe they are still gelling. That process is underway. But I know Steve and Lee Carsley will have worked hard on the unity there, during the international break." 

Blues team news
Craig Gardner is a doubt because of a calf problem. Carl Jenkinson (shoulder), Isaac Vassell (knee), Maxime Colin (hamstring) David Stockdale (arm) remain out. Liam Walsh has returned to his parent club Everton. Cheikh Ndoye has been away on international duty and is only due to return to training today.

Forest team news
Midfielder Chris Cohen and defender Danny Fox are sidelined with knee injuries.

Key stat
Saturday's fixture will be Blues' 50th home league game against Nottingham Forest. Blues have won 19 of them, Forest 18 and there have been 12 draws.

Ticket news
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Listen live
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Match officials
Referee Chris Kavanagh will take charge of Saturday's game at St. Andrew's. The Lancashire-based official has refereed seven games so far this season, during which he has produced a total of 19 yellow cards and one red. The last Blues game he took charge of was our Championship home game against Leeds United in March 2017. That match ended in a 3-1 defeat for Blues and Robert Tesche and David Davis were the only players cautioned. Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Michael McDonough.

Supporter behaviour
The Club urges all supporters to refrain from anti-social behaviour and conduct themselves in the correct manner at all our games, inside and outside the ground. The overwhelming majority of our support is well behaved, law-abiding and the passionate backing the team receives is greatly appreciated. However, as a Club we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. In particular, the throwing of coins and other missiles is extremely dangerous and is not tolerated whatsoever. This is a very serious offence and any supporter identified to have committed this and other such acts will be banned by the Club and subject to the possibility of criminal prosecution. Birmingham City Football Club will continue to work closely with the police, football authorities and ground authorities to stamp out all types spectator misconduct. We would also like to remind supporters that if there are incidents of this nature in the future the Football Association have the power to impose a serious financial penalty on the Club and order matches to be played behind closed doors. The Club urges all supporters to assist us and help eradicate unlawful practices.
Thank you.

Important message to Blues supporters
The Club recently launched a campaign to remind supporters about the effects of anti-social behaviour. Click here for more details.