Sean O'Driscoll hoping for a positive response following Nottingham Forest defeat
AT the time, it felt like a statement made in the heat of the moment; an understandably angry reaction to a dismal performance.
But, having made the uncharacteristically blunt observation, on Tuesday evening, that Nottingham Forest are 'not as good as some people think we are', time has not diluted his mood.
A three-hour coach journey home and a few days of training have not tempered his view of things.
Sean O'Driscoll is sticking by his opinion that, a third of the way into the season, there is still much room for improvement with the Reds.
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But, while he may have offered an unusually hard-hitting sound-byte by the side of the pitch at Portman Road, he is more reflective when it comes to the obvious follow-up questions.
How good does he think Forest are and, when he looks back on the start they have made to the season, have O'Driscoll's aspirations changed?
"My aspirations remain the same. I want to walk off the pitch following the next game with 20,000 Forest fans cheering us," said O'Driscoll.
"There is no point saying 'we want to finish here or there in the league'. There is no substance to that.
"What you want is for the team to function properly, because we have good enough players.
"We have to make sure we function in every game.
"And every game is different in the Championship. You can't play in one way every time, you have to batten down the hatches in some games. In others, you have to be bright and brave.
"You have to be shrewd not stupid. We have done both things.
"We were stupid in some of our play at Leicester. But we were also shrewd in the second half against Wolves. It is about getting that balance right.
"Everyone wants the team to do well. When you do well, people will look at what you are doing right and when you are poor they will look at your mistakes.
"We need to cut through that and just look at where we are."
While he did not pull any punches in the aftermath of what was just Forest's fourth defeat of the season, O'Driscoll also hopes people can retain a sense of perspective.
Nobody at the club was getting carried away when their previous decent run of form had lifted them to within touching distance of the top six and, equally, nobody is going to hit the panic button following one bad performance.
What matters, he says, is finding a way to inspire your players to produce their best performances, individually, week in, week out.
And O'Driscoll admits he has been searching for the answer to that particular question for 25 years.
"You can find your best form, but it might not give you consistent results," he said. "You can play really well in this division and still lose.
"Every player has to understand that, if they all hit their mark, if they all reach a certain standard, we will be fine, because we have good players.
"If you have one or two players who are not quite performing at certain stages in games, it is experience that tells you how to deal with that.
"But we are not as good as some people think. I meant what I said.
"We won away at Wolves and people think you are a team that should be pushing for this or pushing for that.
"We are not there yet. We have had periods in every game this season where we have looked half decent. But we have also had periods where we have looked vulnerable.
"We feel like we can score at any minute or concede at any minute, sometimes.
"We have to improve one and maintain the other, which is a difficult thing to do when you have games every three days.
"We are not there yet. It is an ongoing thing. Every time you get a poor result or a poor performance, you hear a million and one opinions about what you should or shouldn't be doing.
"We have been searching for the perfect formula for 25 years!
"Good teams get away with playing poorly, because they are hard to beat. If you can achieve that, you always have a chance of getting a positive result.
"The foundation is being hard to beat, but you want to achieve that without being a defensive team."
Defending was certainly not a strong point for Forest on Tuesday, regardless of their overall mentality.
A misunderstanding between Danny Collins and Lee Camp gifted Ipswich their first, a controversial penalty was the catalyst for the second and giving away possession cost them in injury time.
"You have to make sure that you learn from your mistakes and try to improve. That has been the ongoing theme since we arrived here," he said.
"Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes. We are all human beings.
"Hopefully you can reduce the number of mistakes to a point where you give yourselves a chance to win the game.
"We did not do that on Tuesday. As a collective, the performance was a shock.
"You always have periods in games where you rely on lady luck a little bit. But you could say that about every team in the Championship."
Preparation will be key for Forest tomorrow against a Hull side that favour a 3-5-2 approach which brings with it certain challenges.
"Hull play with a back three now, which is unusual, because most English coaches are wary about veering away from the traditional back four," said O'Driscoll. "But it has worked for them. They cause teams problems.
"Along with Leicester and Middlesbrough, they are one of the best teams I have seen.
"The five men in midfield can cause you problems, because they can overload in there.
" They can make it difficult for the opposition.
"We have picked up results this season because we have been flexible in what we have done.
"This will be no different again. We will have a look at where there might be weaknesses we can exploit in the way that they play."
Whatever happens, come 5pm, O'Driscoll will be hoping his task is once more to quell optimism, rather than reflect on the intricacies of a defeat.