O'Driscoll issues a warning to Nottingham Forest bad-boy Ayala
SEAN O'Driscoll has warned Daniel Ayala he must learn from his red card at Watford, but also told him: "Don't change the way you play."
The Nottingham Forest defender was sent off after picking up two first-half bookings, leaving the Reds to face an uphill battle at Vicarage Road, where they eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.
Manager O'Driscoll has told the Spaniard he must show more maturity when it comes to discipline, but does not want him to take the battling mentality out of his game.
"What am I supposed to say to him? His strength is his weakness. He goes tight with people, he makes tackles," he said. "He had a couple of great tackles earlier in the game, when he was covering. He is an aggressive defender.
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"We just have to make sure that, if he is on a yellow card, he knows how to react. But he is 20 years of age. He is still learning.
"It is one of those learning curves. Next time it happens we either take him off straight away – and I mean straight away – or we trust that he has learnt.
"Can he play the rest of the game and be more responsible? If he can do that, he can do that all the time."
Ayala picked up his second booking, for a foul on Troy Deeney, just as Greg Halford was waiting to come off the bench to replace him.
"The message we got was that 'one more and he is off'. So we made the decision to bring him off, unfortunately we could not do it in time," said O'Driscoll.
"The sending off changed the whole complexion of the game. Once that had happened, all we wanted to do was to get to half time without conceding a goal. But we created a gap which they exploited.
"We were organised and disciplined in the second half, but we had not been in the first.
"You cannot compare the two halves, because they were 2-0 up after the break and were never going to take any chances.
"We had to be careful we did not get beaten heavily. But the principles remain the same. You have to be organised and disciplined no matter what you do. It's about finding a balance.
"You want to have those qualities, but also be adventurous and attractive. We are trying to meld the two together."