Warburton - We'll Respect Shrewsbury
Manager Mark Warburton has said that Nottingham Forest will respect Shrewsbury Town in tonight's EFL Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town.
Hosting the side at the City Ground later this evening for the first round tie, Warburton is keenly aware of the threat posed by the League One side and he's insisted nobody will be taking them for granted or underestimating them.
Speaking to the Official Forest Site in his pre game press conference on Monday, Warburton explained.
'We have full respect for Shrewsbury. They are a strong League One side and we know the threat they will pose. We will put out a strong team; there will be a number of changes but it will be a team that I would have no doubts about putting into a league game.'
He went on to say.
'Shrewsbury are a very solid side and they started with a positive result on Saturday. They are a good League One team; they are hard-working, diligent and they look to play. In the footage we have seen, we will have to pay them the respect they deserve, as you would do any opponent. We are ready for them, we think we know what they will present and we just need to have our A-game with us.'
The Nottingham Post carry additional quotes from the press conference and Warburton said that there was also no reason to frame the Cup tie as a chance to impress for players, because they should be trying to impress in every game they play.
'You can`t have a squad of 24 players but only trust 11 or 12. Too often people say that`s your set 11. How do you feel if you`re number 18, 19 or 20? It`s about absolute faith in players, which we have. We want to go as far as we can in the cups and we`ve got the 46 league games, so it`s a very challenging nine or 10 months ahead.'
He went on to add.
'They`re good professionals. They know the score and how they have to work. Every time they pull the shirt on they should want to impress, otherwise they shouldn`t be in the squad. It`s a competitive game against an eager opponent. We have to work hard to get the rewards and to move on from there. We`ve got a very strong squad. It will be an 11 I could easily field in a league game and I`d have no hesitation in doing so. Every member of the squad must be in position to make a valuable contribution. Touch wood we`re in that position.'
Warburton also confirmed that Mustapha Carayol had been declared fit for the game after he missed the opener against Millwall with a knee injury.