Kenny Burns: A little more aggression, a little more satisfaction guaranteed
IT might only be until the start of January but Alan Hutton might be the man Nottingham Forest need to instil a bit of aggression in the side.
On Saturday, the on-loan Aston Villa man made his debut shortly after arriving and played his part in a 2-1 win at Wolves. A great win.
The Reds are right up there in the promotion mix and by the time he leaves on January 2, I hope to see Sean O'Driscoll's men even further up the Championship table.
But, despite the pretty football and strong position, I would like to see a more nasty side to the Reds. A little bit more aggression.
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And the experienced Hutton, a man who joined Spurs from Rangers for £9m, is the man to do that.
I mean, I have seen a couple of his tackles in the past and they are some I would be proud of!
But I'm not just talking about the miss-timed ones. I just like the fact, as well as bombing up and down the line, he likes to get stuck in. He likes to let wingers know he is there.
That is something every Forest player needs to do. Have a strong word in their ear, make that first tackle count. Make sure you use your upper body and let your man know he's not going to get the better of you. After all, if you put the frighteners on them, they will soon go and hide. Trust me, they will. That's why they are in the Championship.
If they were the full package, they would be in the top flight, undeterred by nothing but that is not the case. Mentally, you can grind a player down and have the battle won with a simple hard, but fair, tackle.
We have not seen enough of that from Forest but hopefully players like Hutton will bring that to the team and the controlled aggression will spread through, making the Reds even more of a dangerous force.
I mean, Saturday's win was superb. To come from behind and beat Wolves is no easy feat, regardless of how they have been struggling, and it shows intent by the Reds.
It will also have boosted belief and confidence and the only concern is the injury to striker Simon Cox, who could now be out for a while.
It will put more pressure on Billy Sharp but he will rise to that as he proved at the weekend with a well-taken goal to equalise before Adlene Guedioura struck a corker to win the match against his former club.
But now, as they head to Ipswich tomorrow night and then prepare to face high-flying Hull on Saturday, they must really believe that maximum points will put them right in the hunt.
Ipswich are in dire straits but there is an added twist to that game as their new manager is Mick McCarthy, a man who turned down Forest in the summer.
He will be desperate to prove a point, but for the Reds it is a great opportunity and they have to remember if they can win at Wolves, they can win at Portman Road. And in doing so, put one over McCarthy themselves. Show him what he is missing out on.
There will be no more signings until January but with the current squad, in the coming weeks, Forest can really push on.
As I have said before, show pace in your play and add a little aggression, and they will be a force to be reckoned with.
And in Hutton, they have a man who can lead the way when it comes to getting stuck in and making the opposition know they are in for a rough afternoon.