Derby v Forest preview: Emotional Armand Traore says confidence is building by keeping fit

Video: Armand Traore on restoring confidence and keeping fit

Ahead of Nottingham Forest’s biggest game of the season so far, left-back Armand Traore says his confidence is growing every day by keeping fit and getting a run in the side.

Nottingham Forest visit Pride Park on Sunday (October 15) in the first East Midlands derby of the season with Traore hoping to be one of the names in the starting XI.

The match kicks off at 1.15pm.

Armand Traore said: “There’s nothing worse than being injured – my first season at Forest was blighted by injury.

“This season, I’ve only missed one day of training – I’ve been available for training and games and it’s just good to get some games under the belt.

“Confidence starts to build up and I feel a bit more back when I was like a really young player and I’m enjoying playing my football again.”

Video: Mark Warburton wants Forest to be firing on all cylinders at Derby

Manager Mark Warburton said nothing but a good performance and points at Derby County will do.

He said: “For me, I want three points on Sunday, that’s what I want.

“I want the Forest supporters to enjoy it, I want them to leave Pride Park happy and having enjoyed watching their team play.

“If we do that, that means we’ve had a good afternoon and get three points in the bag, so that’s our aim.

“This league is about winning games of football.”

Warburton thinks the quality of performance is important.

He said: “There’s always going to be these random things that happen – like hitting the bar and going out or hitting the bar and going in or a corner or goal kick being given – that you can’t control.

“You hope if the quality of performance is consistently high, then you get the rewards.”