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Set a marker down

24 October 2014

Craig Short is hoping Rovers can take advantage of a few home jitters when they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.

Rovers go into the match on a high after the midweek win over Birmingham, looking to get one over a Forest side that are without a win in their last seven outings.

The Rovers coach knows it won't be easy against Stuart Pearce's side, but he believes they have what it takes to come away with a positive result.

"We know Forest have had a tough time recently," said Short. "There is a huge expectation on them as well.

"If we'd have gone on the sort of run Forest had and then a team rolls into Ewood we'd be nervous.

"If a team keeps us quiet for the first 20 minutes you know what it is like, the fans start to get a little edgy, a little bit tense, and that transmits to the players and then the football isn't as good as it should be, players don't take risks, they don't want the ball as much.

"So we have got to go with that mindset down there. To keep them quiet, don't let them get any momentum early on in the game. That is a given for any away trip especially when you got to somewhere that is a big club and has a bit more pressure on them.

"You've really got to set yourself out to get through the first 20 minutes and hopefully their fans will get edgy.

"Back-to-back wins would be great and if we can go and win at a place like Forest then it sets a marker down for us."

Tickets for the Forest match will be on sale from Ewood Park until 4.00pm Friday, priced £26.00 Adults, £18.00 Seniors (aged 65+), £14.00 Under 18, and £1.00 for Under 12.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, cash only from the City Ground, but supporters should note that there is a £2 matchday increase for Adult and Senior prices.

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