Sean O'Driscoll is still looking to form identity for Nottingham Forest
AS Sean O'Driscoll steps out into his technical area today at the City Ground, what happened a week earlier will still baffle him.
Some of the boos and criticism that met the 2-1 defeat to Hull on the banks of the Trent shocked the Reds manager.
But, as he accepts it often goes with the territory, he is not about to start changing his way of working.
The fact he went with one striker at home is not something he felt should have clouded the overall objective.
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Instead, he felt it was a much-needed tactic that, had it been executed better, could easily have brought about three points and plenty of positivity from the home crowd.
And as Burnley pay a visit today with the Reds tenth in the Championship and four points off the play-offs, he remains confident his side will continue to develop in a positive way.
"When it doesn't go for you as a manager, it is said you lack passion and when it does go for you, you're a tactical genius," said O'Driscoll.
"Two weeks ago at Wolves, we were tactical geniuses and now, we are out of our depth and never managed a big club before.
"It is what it is and I can't change it. We are trying to find a way to satisfy everybody.
"A way the players are comfortable with, a way that gives us the best way of achieving a positive result and establishing an identify within the club rather than just saying we play 'the Forest way'.
"I keep asking what is 'the Forest way' and nobody actually tells me.
"The game is constantly changing and evolving so I want to make sure we have an identity that everybody recognises.
"We can look different for different games, be flexible. I don't want to say 'we did this no matter what' because if it doesn't work, what do you do next? That is ongoing."
Forest's loss to Hull followed defeat at Ipswich, a setback after rising to just outside the play-off positions.
But O'Driscoll added: "The reaction to the defeat took me by surprise.
"There has been a lot of reflection and we have tried not to change the routine a lot.
"It is a difficult one because everybody's opinion is valid. But it is a little bit about how football has developed, systems have changed and to harp on to one aspect of the 90 minutes and let that cloud everything else, that did surprise me.
"But the support we have had has been fantastic. You walk out here and they start the song and I have been here when I wasn't a part of it so to be a part of it now is great.
"You only have to look around the place to see how everybody wants us to do well and you can see why. If you can get this going it will be a great place to play football.
"Saying things is one thing. You have to put the hard graft in and it is not going to be easy."
Burnley arrive in Nottingham unbeaten in three, following two draws and a victory.
And O'Driscoll knows they are a side that can handle themselves.
"They are very organised and know what they are doing. I watched them in the derby game against Blackburn in an atmosphere that was really intense," he said. "Those derbies can get very frantic but they were organised and teams like that, who can handle difficult situations, you have to give respect to.
"They have a good goalkeeper, two good centre halves, two very good central midfielders and a goalscorer up front. So it's not a bad team!"