Nottingham Forest called on to be more of a forward threat
NOTTINGHAM Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll says his side must show more bravery on the ball to get back to winning ways against Burnley at the City Ground tomorrow.
But the Reds manager said the way to seal three points in matches will not always be to pair two strikers together.
O'Driscoll admits he is still shocked by the level of criticism that came his side's way following the 2-1 home defeat to Hull last weekend, when he went with one up front.
It was a decision taken partly because Daniel Ayala fell ill before the game, when a 3-5-2 formation was also in his thinking.
But he hopes tomorrow's game ends in a win and cheers from the home faithful, not further frustration.
And to achieve that goal, he said it is vital his players not only keep possession of the ball, but show more forward threat when they do have it to carve out chances no matter what the formation.
O'Driscoll said: "We have not made a big song and dance about (the criticism) this week but from my point of view, you try to give players options on the ball when you are playing and sometimes they take the easy option rather than the more exciting one.
"You go through a process of keeping possession of the ball, especially against teams like Hull whose possession statistics were frightening in their previous two games.
"And we did really well, but we know we need to be more of a forward threat.
"It is not always about playing two strikers, it is about playing in a way where you can play and create chances.
"I am a great one for stats and on Saturday we had 13 shots to their five and more final third entries than them.
"That would deem the ingredients were there – we just need to put them all together now.
"It is a process and you have to do the hard graft and it is not easy. When things are not going your way, you cannot just change everything.
"You have to be a bit braver and I said to the players to stick to what they do and we are going to get better."
Centre-back Ayala, on loan from Norwich, could make a return to the side for the visit of the Clarets after recovering from his 48-hour bug, while Greg Halford could be in contention as he battles back to full fitness following a niggling calf injury.