Potter braced for Forest test

14th September 2018
First team

Graham Potter reckons Swansea City will be up against one of the Championship’s promotion contenders when Nottingham Forest come to the Liberty this weekend.

Aitor Karanka’s side lie 14th in the early-season league table having won only one of their six second-tier games to date.

But Potter believes Forest, who have spent a significant amount of money on no fewer than 16 signings, have the players – and the manager – to push for a place in the Premier League.

“They have used the transfer market quite aggressively to try to get promoted and they have signed some very good players,” said the Swans boss.

“They have a manager who knows how to win games and who knows what it’s like to win promotion at this level.”

Forest lost last time out at Brentford – their first defeat of the season – while their one league win to date came against Reading.

They have drawn with Bristol City, West Brom, Wigan and Birmingham, while they enjoyed a notable Carabao Cup success against Newcastle.

They head to Wales on Saturday (3pm) to take on a Swans side who have made a promising start to life back in the second tier.

“Nottingham Forest are a fantastic, traditional club,” Potter added.

“They had a disappointment in the last game when they were beaten at Brentford, but they have had some good performances this season.

“I think they have enough quality to be pushing at the top end of the table this season, but like everyone they are probably looking for a bit of consistency. Certainly, we know it will be a tough test for us.”