Guedioura: Nottingham Forest treat Leicester showdown like final

Adlene Guedioura

Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura says the tension of facing play-off rivals Leicester City on the final day of the season is a blessing.

Both East Midlands clubs are vying with Crystal Palace and Bolton for the last two places in the top six.

And the Algerian international said the City Ground showdown is the ideal scenario for a side playing with a must-win mentality.

"It is good to be tense because that makes you focus," Guedioura said.

"It is better to play a team that have something to play for. They will make it hard for us, but that will only make us concentrate more.

"To play in a big game like this is what you want as a player, it is something special and will be a privilege to be part of.

"It is like a cup final - we are all excited."

Guedioura is intent on helping the Reds qualify for a third promotion play-off campaign under Billy Davies, who returned to the club in February, 20 months after he was sacked.

Davies became the fourth Forest manager to work under the Al Hasawi family, taking over from Alex McLeish when the Reds were in 11th place and six point adrift of sixth spot.

"It has been a long season with many highs and lows, and we maybe we didn't expect to be here in January because we were not in a good position," Guedioura added.

"Now that we are here it is exciting and we want to finish this regular season properly with a win.

"This is why I came here, I know this club and Billy have big plans to go to the Premier League and that is where I want to be. We have the quality and squad to get there."