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McCann: Forest will pose a tough challenge

17 December 2021

Grant McCann says his side are ready for a tough challenge against in-form Nottingham Forest.

The East Midlands club are unbeaten in eight and have lost only once since ex-Swansea boss Steve Cooper took the reins in September, climbing to eighth and four points off the play-offs.

“They’ve been on an incredible run since Steve went in, taking them from near enough bottom of the division up to not far off the play-offs,” said McCann.

“He’s inherited a very good group, a very good squad. He’s got a window coming up and I’m sure he’ll make Forest even stronger. Steve is a very good manager; I think he proved that over the two years at Swansea.

“It’s going to be a tough game for sure. The City Ground is a difficult place to go anyway, whether they are in form or out of form. It’s always packed to the rafters there.

“We’re bringing 1,600-1,700 fans with us. It’s going to be a great day. Hopefully we can send our fans home happy.”

Forest secured a thumping 4-1 victory at Swansea in their last match and McCann is wary of their attacking threat.

“They’re littered with top quality throughout their squad, particularly in the forward areas,” he said.

“We played against Brennan Johnson last year at Lincoln and we know how well he’s adapting to the Championship and his pace is a threat.

“Lewis Grabban is one of the all-time leading goalscorers in the Championship and has played for so long at the level.

“They’ve got (Philip) Zinckernagal as well and good players all over the pitch.”

The Tigers head to the City Ground on a six-match unbeaten run of their own and McCann is keen to the “continue the momentum” over the busy festive period.

“We’re in good form,” he added. “We’re confident. We’re playing with a wee bit of swagger about us at the minute – not arrogance – but we’re playing with a lot of confidence and momentum, as well as Forest.

“Something is going to have to give but we’ll go there and give it our best shot, see if we can come away with the three points and send our fans home happy.

“We want to make sure we continue the momentum over the Christmas period and see where we can go.

“It’s another challenge we face, a tough challenge, against a team in real confidence and form.”

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