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Firepower Can Overcome Frailties

21 December 2012

Sean O’Driscoll believes Nottingham Forest have the firepower to overcome their frailties.

The Reds will be looking to secure a third successive clean sheet when they face Watford at Vicarage Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) after a 2-0 win over Burnley and a goalless draw at Brighton. 

They have only shut out the opposition seven times in 22 Championship outings this season and while O’Driscoll is seeking an improvement, he does not want to dilute their attacking threat. 

He told us: “We’re trying to turn draws into wins but the downside is you can turn a possible draw into a defeat. It’s a fine balance. 

“But rather than being smug that we came away from Brighton with a draw, we know we’ve got frailties and we’re doing our level best to curtail those. 

“We feel we can that we can score goals, so clean sheets are maybe the key for us. 

“But everyone needs to contribute to keep a clean sheet – it’s not just down to the defenders. It’s everyone from front to back. 

“We don’t want to become a defensive team but at any point in any game we feel we’ve got the ability to break and score. That’s our big strength. 

“We need to make sure that we break the game up more than we do because that sees us at our best.” 

O’Driscoll added: “I went to watch Leeds and Chelsea the other night and although Chelsea are the European Champions I saw so many frailties in the first half. 

“You could offer an excuse because they had flown back from Japan a few days earlier, the weather was awful and 33,000 people in the ground really wanted Leeds to beat them. 

“But I’m a looking at a side as good as Chelsea and thinking that all the things we’re talking to our players about are manifesting themselves in a team capable of winning the Champions League.”

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