Consistency in back-four the key to solidity, says Nottingham Forest's Sean O'Driscoll
NOTTINGHAM Forest must find some consistency in their back four if they are to get back to keeping clean sheets, said Sean O'Driscoll today.
The Reds boss is frustrated at having to constantly chop and change his rearguard, following an unfortunate run of injuries and suspensions.
An injury to Dan Harding meant another reshuffle to the Forest defence on Saturday at Leicester and, while he was not using that as an excuse for Forest's below-par display overall, O'Driscoll hopes to be able to select a settled group of players more often in the future.
"Our back four is something we need to get sorted quickly," said O'Driscoll. "We lost Sam Hutchinson when he was doing well. We have had to switch Greg Halford between right-back and left-back.
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"We had an injury to Daniel Ayala, which meant Elliott Ward had to come in on loan . . . we are changing things all the time.
"That is to be expected, given what happened over the summer and the manner in which we had to rebuild things.
"But, from the team's point of view, if the back four keeps changing, it makes things difficult.
"We are not going to use that as an excuse. The fact is that we know we can do better. But we need to get things settled."
With the loan window set to close, O'Driscoll is not enthusiastic about making further temporary additions, however.
"We have a full quota of loan players and you don't want too many," he said. "Ipswich have done that, they have eight loan players.
"It is difficult to keep players motivated when they are yours; when they are under contract. If they are loan players and they are not in the team, it can become a massive problem when it comes to the environment you work in.
"That is an important part of being a successful club, having that environment where players feel they have an opportunity; where they feel that they can always contribute.
"Daniel will be back next week and we hope Dan Harding will be OK as well.
"If you get an injury or a suspension in this division it can give you a problem when you are playing Saturday/Tuesday all the time."
O'Driscoll also hopes his side can make better decisions on the ball when they face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Forest's strength this season has been the fluidity of their passing and their ability to retain possession – but they suffered a rare blip at Leicester last weekend.
And O'Driscoll hopes they can get back to their best, saying: "When people make poor decisions, it can hurt you. Lee Camp had made a superb save and then, the next thing, he makes a poor throw out his box.
"I am stood on the touchline scratching my head.
"Later in the game his distribution was superb, when he fed Henri Lansbury at one point.
"His strength is his kicking, he can ping balls everywhere.
"It was the same through the team, we just made poor decisions.
"We can be better than we were on Saturday."