Kenny Burns: It's time for the talking to stop at Nottingham Forest
NOW, the talking has to stop. We are half way through the season and if I am honest, I am getting sick of hearing about a new squad and time to gel at Nottingham Forest.
It just seems to be one step forward and then one step back.
I have heard all about statistics, but we all know only one matters at the end of the day and that is the result. And on Saturday, Forest lost 2-0 at Watford.
Daniel Ayala, by the sounds of it, seemed to want Christmas off, as they were preparing to substitute him just before he was sent off for a second yellow. And it was still the first half!
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But if Forest want to win promotion, they have to be better. Much better.
That is why for me, talk is cheap.
They have to let actions speak louder than words.
You talk about runs being put together, a series of wins, and at the moment you have to say with Forest, you just can't see that happening.
Yet, we keep hearing about how Sean O'Driscoll came in late in the summer, had to bring in more than a dozen players, they need time to get to know each other.
That was all fair enough, for the first half a dozen games. But the season is now in its second half and it worries me that I keep hearing all these excuses.
On Boxing Day, Leeds are visiting, then high-flying Crystal Palace before a trip to Blackburn on New Year's Day.
I hear people keep saying the Reds are only four points off the play-offs and with games in quick succession they could soon be right in the promotion mix.
But what about the other way? Three bad results and they could be cast adrift and that has to be a concern because how they are playing, I can't see them winning three games on the bounce.
They need some real warriors in the team. For me, captain Danny Collins needs to be more of a rough centre-half, get stuck in more, let strikers know they are in a game. Get nasty, in other words.
The whole team is a bit too nice and it needs a few of them to rough things up because the nicey-nicey approach is not going to win you promotion.
I am getting frustrated because I head down to the City Ground and want them to do well.
Sometimes I see some very good performances. But above all, with the squad they have, I know they should be doing much better.
All this about possession gets a bit much. If the Reds had 99 per cent possession but in the opposition's one attack sees them go down the field and score the winner, it counts for nothing.
That is the big problem for me. And by this point of the season, the excuses are not washing anymore. It might be Christmas and the Reds are in a decent position. But it is time to step up to the plate and deliver the goods.
After six months together, the lads should know each other well enough by now and know everything about each other's game.
There is no time for taking a step forward, a step back. All that means is you are standing still. We all want movement – forward movement.
The Reds possess a big, talented squad and O'Driscoll has to find a way to get the best out of them.
Leeds is a tough challenge, so is Palace and Blackburn. But to win promotion, these are games you have to be winning.
Yet Forest seem to be failing when it comes to these matches. Billy Sharp and co drew a blank against Watford, which was a disappointment.
They need to put it right, but there is only so long you can keep saying that.
Forest have to prove their credentials and only a successful Christmas will do.
Remember, the time for talking has to stop. Do the business on the pitch.