A second big game in the space of a few days for Nottingham Forest who took on Championship leaders Leicester City on Wednesday night and on Saturday travel to face second-placed Burnley.
The Clarets have been the surprise package of the season to date, consistently occupying one of the promotion places despite being tipped to struggle after the loss of top striker Charlie Austin in the summer.
Manager Sean Dyche said of Forest in the build-up to the game: "It’s about two good teams and clubs going for big points, to try to get where they want to go.
"It’s been a big surprise that Forest aren’t higher than they are when you look at the squad and resources they have, certainly since the summer - although they are still in a good position."
***Update*** A first-half salvo of three goals set Burnley up to take the points, Abdoun's late goal for Forest providing nothing more than a consolation as the Reds now stand eight points off the automatic promotion places.
As his injuries problems continue with the loss of Andy Reid, Billy Davies felt that his side simply didn't cope with the threat posed by the opposition.
"We had a certain game plan before the game. To come to Burnley you have to play a certain way. You have to prepare to face a certain type of game and unfortunately for the first 45 minutes they didn't listen.