O'Driscoll: Nottingham Forest winger Reid 'so willing'
SEAN O'Driscoll today praised Andy Reid – for embracing the fact that he has to focus on the ugly side of his game.
The Nottingham Forest winger conjured up a wonder goal to help the Reds secure their first away win of the season, in the form of a 1-0 success at Peterborough.
Manager O'Driscoll was full of praise for the Irishman's strike – but also said that Reid is still in the side because he has demonstrated he is willing to do the hard work, as well as provide the flair.
"Andy has undoubted ability, but we are asking him to be more responsible," said O'Driscoll. "It is the same with Lewis McGugan. He has undoubted ability – but in this league you have to be responsible as well.
"They just have to learn that there are times to do things and times not to. They are both grasping that nettle, which is why they are still in the team.
"There are lots of little things that Andy is doing really well now, things like his marking and one or two other things we are asking of him.
"But we always know he has the ability to pick up the ball like that and score. He scored one last season like that and he always has that in his locker.
He strikes a ball so well. You don't mind him having a shot from 20-yards, because he has the ability to do it.
"It is the same with Lewis. Both players have the ability to score from long range. If it goes flying over the stand, you accept it, because you know sometimes they are going to find the top corner.
"You encourage Lewis to make the right decisions at the right time. He is doing well and he is still learning.
"They are both still in the side because they are willing to do the other things that we want them to as well."
O'Driscoll was delighted with the win – but says he would have been pleased with his side's performance, regardless of the result.
"I have to be consistent and it is about performances for me. I can't really change my view on that. If we had walked off the pitch with a draw, I would have been happy with the performance," he said. "I don't want to get bogged down with draws and wins – it is about making sure you perform.
"A win is a win and an away win is great. But what it does do is give you belief. That is what you try to get over to the players.
"The more you win and play well, the more the players buy in to what you are trying to do, so that is the positive from this."