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Encouraging Signs

31 August 2012

Sean O’Driscoll insists he took greater encouragement for the future from Nottingham Forest’s defeat against Wigan than he did from the draw at Bolton.

The Reds will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign when they entertain Charlton at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

They slipped to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Wigan in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday as they lost 4-1.

But boss O’Driscoll was able to draw more positives from the cup display than from the 2-2 draw at Bolton five days earlier.

“We got plaudits for the Bolton game which I found a little strange to be honest,” he said.

“Then we lost 4-1 at home to Wigan and the perception is that we were well and truly beaten, which in some senses wasn’t the case.

“Looking at it in the cold light of day, more positives probably came out of the Wigan game than the Bolton game.

“We’ve tried to emphasise those in training and are looking forward to the Charlton game, which will bring to an end our opening batch of matches before the international break.

“We lacked organisation at Bolton and as I said after the game, they could have beaten us quite easily.

“We felt we had enough chances to beat them quite easily as well but I don’t think you can go into games in the Championship playing that type of football. It might be exciting but you want consistency.”

Charlton were promoted last season as run-away League One title winners and, like Forest, have collected five points from their opening three games.

O’Driscoll added: “They have been used to winning games in League One and put together a squad last season that moulded pretty quickly.

“They all know what they are doing. Chris Powell doesn’t change his team very often, so they have got the ingredients to do well in this division.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available in person from the Forest Ticket Office; on-line or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls charged at 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).

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