Kenny Burns: Lack of adventure unacceptable from Reds
AFTER the defeat to Hull, I was having a word with somebody about Nottingham Forest.
They told me, 'it wasn't as bad as against Ipswich'.
Now, I was not at Portman Road just under a week ago for the 3-1 reverse but I was at the City Ground on Saturday as the Reds lost 2-1.
And all I can say is, if that's the case, I dread to think how poor it was against Ipswich because what I saw unfold at the weekend was totally unacceptable. It was poor.
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Forest are a team vying for promotion and up until two games ago, had put themselves in a superb position, set to get in the mix.
But two games and two defeats later and they now need to put in the groundwork again just to drag themselves back up there.
They should have been ruthless, going for the jugular and sending out a statement of intent to the rest of the division.
Hull City are promotion rivals but they were there for the taking on Saturday and Forest totally blew it.
And, it sounds like they were even worse at Ipswich in their previous match.
I heard Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll saying Hull had five in midfield with one up top but if that is the case, push them back, get the full-backs up the pitch, press them.
Once again we see this possession, sideways and backward passing but that is not going to win you games unless you get on the front foot.
And I just did not like the defensive approach Forest took when they were on home soil. Simon Gillett was almost playing in the back four and was closer to Lee Camp in goal than he was to getting near the strikers.
It is all about positive play and Forest have the players in their armoury to hurt teams and that is why I was full of praise recently when they started to get the ball forward quicker, create chances and, in turn, win games.
They have players like Andy Reid, Henri Lansbury, Jermaine Jenas, Billy Sharp – just a few in the squad that other teams in this league would be wary of because of their attacking threat.
But this is a step back for me and at times it just looked like a testimonial match being played out on the City Ground surface, the ball moving sideways, backwards and just not being played forward.
I was not seeing enough work off the ball to unsettle the opposition and make them think and I heard it said that maybe the players think they are better than they are.
That could be true. There are some big names in there but on the evidence of the last two games, they are not stepping up to the plate.
They are now four points off the play-off places which is not a massive gap but two more performances like this and they could soon be cast adrift from the promotion-chasing pack.
Burnley visit the City Ground on Saturday and it is a game the Reds must win and to do that, they cannot be so defensive minded.
They have to be ruthless in the way they approach the game and go about their duties in a positive way to get three points. If they do, they can get right back in it. And I hope to see that when I take to my seat this weekend.
But no more like that, please. It was not good enough, even if it was an improvement on Ipswich, which must have been one terrible performance given what unfolded Saturday.