Cox hopes Forest will hit the right key when they take on Middlesbrough tonight
SIMON Cox believes he has found a unique key to help Nottingham Forest bounce back to winning form against Middlesbrough tonight – addressing Lewis McGugan's taste in music.
The Reds staged an in-depth analysis of where things went wrong against Millwall on Saturday, looking back on their entire match day routine.
And Cox insists Forest will soon be hitting the right note – once midfielder McGugan sorts out his music selection in the dressing room on a match day.
"We have been through things again in training and, when I say been through things, I mean we have looked at almost everything we do," said Cox.
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"We have looked at everything from what we did in the dressing room, what we did in the warm up and what we did in the game.
"We just want to find out why we did not turn up; why we did not perform.
"It can even boil down to something as simple as the music.
"Lewis is the man who plugs in his I-pod into the speakers in the dressing room and picks the music prior to the game.
"He obviously liked one song because he played it about five times on Saturday. Don't ask me what it was, but I was fed up hearing it.
"Everyone's music taste is different. His is normally decent and the lads do seem to enjoy it.
"But it's obviously down to him to get us back on form with some better music!
"On a serious note, we have looked at that many things and we will hope to put things right.
"I am sure there may be one or two changes to things, when it comes to the build up to the game."
Cox's willingness to joke is a sign of the positive atmosphere that remains at the City Ground.
But beneath that there is a serious desire to get themselves back on track following what was a disappointing defeat.
"The manner of the defeat was disappointing because we had been in good form," said Cox.
"We are looking to bounce back and it is good that we are at home because we play some good stuff at home.
"As a team, we were unbeaten in October, which was a good positive sign for us.
"It just happened to be that we did not turn up for the game on Saturday. That happens to every side from time to time. The good ones make sure it does not happen too often."
One positive for the Reds was the goal scored by Billy Sharp – his third in four games – which temporarily drew Forest level at 1-1 at the weekend.
The striker finished calmly after a intelligent exchange of passes between him and Cox.
And Cox believes there is a flourishing understanding there.
"The goal Saturday was a nice exchange between us and he finished it really well," said Cox. "It is coming, it is getting there, there is an understanding.
"But there is an understanding there with Dexter (Blackstock) as well.
"And, when Billy and Dexter have played together, there has been a decent partnership between them.
"It is one of those things where the three of us can play well together, regardless of the combination.
"It is not something that we are going to get complacent about.
"We are not going to believe that, if it is Billy and myself in the team, then Dex is out of the picture.
"At the minute myself and Billy have been the ones in the side, but Dex has also shown what he can do.
"He came off the bench to get us an equaliser at Blackpool, which shows we have good strength in depth."
Manager Sean O'Driscoll has already stated his desire to play all three of his main front men in the same side at some stage this season.
And Cox would love to see that happen.
"If there is a scenario or a formation where the manager feels he can use all three of us, then I am up for that, without question," he said.
"Dex brings us a different dimension to things, because he is bigger than the rest of us.
"The dynamics of the football can change if you have a target man in the side.
"But we are not a long ball team, we like to pass the ball and the dynamics would not change if we brought Dex into the side.
"He would give us an added dimension though.
"When it is me and Billy in the side, it has to be a quality ball in to us. But we still have to be strong.
"Whoever plays, we still need to improve against Middlesbrough. But we know we can do that."
And, as long as Forest are on song tonight, McGugan will be allowed to play whatever music he likes after the final whistle.