Flexibility can be Nottingham Forest's biggest strength, says midfielder Simon Gillett
FLEXIBILITY can become Nottingham Forest's biggest strength this season, says Simon Gillett.
Forest have started their last three games with different formations.
While manager Sean O'Driscoll has frequently shown himself to be willing to change tactics during games.
Midfielder Gillett admits the Reds squad is still developing, when it comes to having that adaptability.
But he also believes it can become one of their most potent weapons once the players do become accustomed to O'Driscoll's tactical tinkering.
"That flexibility can be a strength, without question. You need to be able to adapt," said Gillett, who was also with O'Driscoll at Doncaster Rovers.
"I have played under Sean before in games where we have changed formation three or four times.
"That is probably something I am used to. But perhaps the rest of the guys need to get used to it still.
"But there is more than enough ability and understanding in the squad to be able to do that.
"That can be another string to our bow. That ability to adapt can be a big strength for us."
Gillett says Forest do put in the hours on the training ground to make sure they are comfortable with various formations.
"We work on things a lot on the training ground. It is about using people in the right positions, not just throwing them together," he said.
"We have players who can fit into a large number of positions, that is always useful. In midfield we have plenty of players who are flexible, but it is the same up front as well."
Gillett warns Forest will have to be at their best when they travel to face in-form Watford on Saturday.
"Every week you look and Watford seem to have scored a load of goals again," he said. "They have made a lot of changes and are different to their previous teams.
"They have a lot of Italians and they seem to be doing well. They like to play football and we have to be wary of their threats. We have to look at their strengths and counter them."