Kenny Burns: Keep it simple and Nottingham Forest can succeed
NO disrespect but, on the whole, us footballers are not the brainiest bunch.
I was never going to be challenging for a place with Mensa, that's for sure.
And that is why it was refreshing to hear the words of Greg Halford prior to the trip to Charlton.
He talked about how Nottingham Forest finally have an identity under Billy Davies, now he is back in charge at the City Ground.
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He touched on how under previous managers the Reds were quick to adapt personnel, formation and tactics to try to nullify the opposition.
Yet, under Davies, it is simple, more straightforward. Basically, it is about Forest setting up how they want to and letting the opposition worry about them.
And that is how it should be. A straight 4-4-2. Yes, Radi Majewski plays a more attacking role from central midfield, then another holds. It is the way football is meant to be played.
There is no rocket science to it, it is the way players are brought up and everyone understands.
All this 3-2-1-2-1-1 and stuff, it is just numbers to me. I'm sure such formations just give the players a headache before they even go out on the pitch.
Keep it simple and then everybody can go about their business with a clear head.
The proof is in the pudding in the last two games, as the Reds ran out 6-1 winners over Huddersfield in midweek and then saw off Charlton at The Valley 2-0 on Saturday.
Scoring goals is never a bad habit to get into and to bag eight in two games is only going to bolster confidence.
Huddersfield are no great shakes and Charlton were down to ten men at the weekend but that should take nothing away from the two victories.
What pleased me the most was the fact that Forest put in two thoroughly professional performances. They dispatched what was put in front of them efficiently, effectively.
And that is a trait which has been missing at times this season when the Reds have let points slip by the wayside when they should have collected a maximum return.
Look back at Bristol City, Middlesbrough, Hull – all games where Forest let points go begging where, if picked up, they would have been in a stronger position.
Not anymore. Yes, there will be slip-ups, but Davies is already instilling a tougher mental edge into his squad, one where mistakes and switching off are not tolerated.
We saw it during his first tenure and it has not taken long for Davies to stamp his authority on the Forest team since making his return.
I said last week that if you string two or three wins together, it all changes and victories against Huddersfield and Charlton have suddenly propelled the Reds up the league and to within four points of the play-offs.
There are 12 games to play and Sheffield Wednesday are up next before a midweek game against Ipswich. Both teams are struggling and Forest need to add to their woes and then see where the land lies.
However, a big part of the recent success and free-flowing goals is their professional performances, a different approach to games.
And that comes down to keeping it simple and having clarity to the way they play.
Forget what threat the opposition carry, concentrate on your own game. Work on that and ensure whoever you play, they are going to be posed with a headache because of the way you take the game to them. By not over complicating what is a simple game, Forest still have a chance of making the top six come the end of the season.