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O’Driscoll Looks Beyond Result

4 August 2012

Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll's kept his feet firmly on the ground after Forest's 3-1 victory over Aston Villa today.

Second half substitute Lewis McGugan opened the scoring for The Reds before Barry Bannan pegged them back with a magnificent free-kick. Marcus Tudgay, also a substitute, restored Forest's lead before McGugan won and scored a free-kick of his own to put the game beyond doubt. 

Said O'Driscoll: "I didn't enjoy the first half, I got a bit frustrated because I'm a big believer in what you do in training should be replicated in a game. I thought they lacked a little bit of conviction to do the things I've seen them do day in, day out. 

"I think we've got to look beyond the result . I've said before that we've got to look at the performance first and I'd have done that if we'd have lost 3-1. There are aspects of the performance we can improve on, there's an understanding we can improve on.

 "We flipped the structure after 20 minutes because it wasn't working for us and we ended up playing some really good stuff."  It was Forest's first home game of pre-season and just under 13,000 fans were in attendance. 

"It was difficult because it's the first time we've played in front of a home crowd so everyone was a bit tentative." O'Driscoll explained.

"As we got on, we got better and better and we had the luxury of bringing nine or ten players on. 

"Paul [Lambert] decided to keep most of his on so tiredness made a difference and we exploited the space really well towards the end of the game - credit to the players." 

O'Driscoll named all five of his signings in today's starting line-up, although he accepts that it is early days for his players. 

"I threw Simon [Gillett] in and you could see the response from the other players. Everybody is trying to fight for a place now but instead of doing what suits them, they're doing what's best for the team. 

"Greg [Halford] and Danny [Collins] haven't played together so that needs work. Brendan [Moloney] needs to understand what we want from him and Dan [Harding]'s the same. Putting names on a teamsheet is easy but getting them to play together is something that's going to be ongoing."

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