Sean O’Driscoll has canvassed player opinion as he prepares for Nottingham Forest’s Boxing Day game against Leeds at The City Ground (kick-off 12.15pm).The Reds boss had a full and frank discussion with his players in the wake of their 2-0 defeat at Watford and will do likewise ahead of the festive fixture with Leeds.
O’Driscoll matched up Watford’s approach by adopting a 3-5-2 formation at Vicarage Road on Saturday but a brace of first half goals from Matej Vydra consigned them to defeat.
Forest were hindered by Daniel Ayala’s sending-off shortly before Watford bagged their second goal of the game.
And O’Driscoll revealed: “We asked the players their opinion after the Watford game and they think we may be worry about the opposition too much.
“That left me thinking whether we do or don’t? At least we’ve got a way of moving forward, instead of walking off the pitch having been beaten 2-0 and nothing comes of it.
“Credit to the players, they’ve stuck together. The ones that wanted to voice an opinion didn’t get shouted down.
“We’ve listened to it and tried to be adult about it because everyone wants the same thing: the owners, the supporters, the players, the staff ... we want to be successful.
“I’m not standing here saying I’ve got all the answers. There’s lot of experience in the dressing room with the coaching staff and the players and if we can find a way to get that elusive three or four wins on the spin we will be better for it.”
Ayala will be unavailable for the game as he serves a one-match suspension after his red card at Watford.