Sean O’Driscoll insists it has been business as usual for him and his Nottingham Forest squad in the build-up to tomorrow’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ clash with Burnley at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).The Reds will go into the game looking to arrest a run of two successive defeats, at Ipswich and at home to Hull last Saturday.
Forest remain just four points adrift of a play-off spot but a minority of supporters were critical of O’Driscoll and his players during last weekend’s game.
But the manager hasn’t allowed their grievances to become a distraction ahead of the visit of Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
He told us: “We’re under a little bit more pressure, we’ve got to deal with that because that’s part and parcel of playing for Nottingham Forest.
“But we try to keep everything on an even keel no matter what the results are – and nothing has changed this week in that regard.
“I know supporters will always judge a team by results. I’m not going to change that and I’m certainly not going to throw my dummy out of the pram.
“We want what they want, it’s just how we get there that is my focus.”
Former Forest youth team player Dyche was appointed Burnley boss earlier this season following Eddie Howe’s decision to re-join his former club Bournemouth.
Dyche has overseen seven matches, claiming three wins and two draws – the latest of which came against arch local rivals Blackburn last weekend.
O’Driscoll added: “I went to Blackburn last Sunday to watch Burnley and they are very accomplished.
“They understand the strengths of their team and play to them. They effectively play with one striker but that’s what they do.
“They’ve got the guy who is the top scorer in the division in Charlie Austin and know that if they get the ball to him in certain areas he will deliver.”
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