Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll turns his attention to the Rams
SEAN O'Driscoll hopes Nottingham Forest can bounce back from defeat with a win over fierce rivals Derby County next weekend.
The Reds boss saw his side's unbeaten run brought to an end with a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.
But he hopes his players will respond with a win over the Rams in front of the television cameras next Sunday.
"Hopefully we can bounce back with a win over Derby now," said O'Driscoll, who was first-team coach last time the Reds played their East Midlands rivals.
"In the last one, I remember talking to Nigel (Clough) after about 20 minutes and asking if they were always like this. The ball was getting the seven bells kicked out of it.
"Nigel's response was something along the lines of 'yes, these games are always like this and the managers are normally fighting as well'. We are looking forward to it."
O'Driscoll, in typically honest fashion, admitted that Forest's first defeat might have been coming, following a recent dip in performance levels.
"We knew that the unbeaten run would come to an end at some point and we wanted to go down kicking and screaming when it did," he said.
"When you have an unbeaten start, it does get people on side. But we try to look at every game in the same way, which is to judge it on its merits.
"In the previous two games, we had just managed to keep the wheels on the bus. We had bolted them on.
"We had done some repair work to keep us going when we had not been at our best. But we could not quite do that against Leeds."
One positive for Forest was the performance of substitutes Lewis McGugan and Henri Lansbury, who both came on at half time.
And O'Driscoll says Lansbury is edging closer to his first start, as he continues his comeback from summer injury problems.
"He was on the bench because he is not quite fully fit. But he had been showing some good touches in training, which is why we had him in the squad," said O'Driscoll. "Sam Hutchinson has had an injection in his knee. Hopefully we can get him back in training this week as well."