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‘Boro The Benchmark’

6 November 2012

Sean O’Driscoll has revealed Middlesbrough are the team he wants his Nottingham Forest side to be like.

High-flying Boro visit The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm) with Forest looking to bounce back after their home defeat at the hands of Millwall.

Tony Mowbray’s Boro side have recorded six successive away victories and went joint top of the Championship table with a 4-1 win at Charlton on Saturday.

O’Driscoll is a big admirer of the job Mowbray has done on Teeside and told us: “They are a settled team and have coped with injuries really well.

“They are a team that have a definite tactic but can change their structure. Whatever they do they are comfortable doing – they remain a team that can be fluid off the goalkeeper, fluid off second balls and fluid off free-kicks and corners.

“In some senses they are the benchmark – if we had to pick a team that we are trying to be like I suppose Middlesbrough would be up there, more so than Millwall because we haven’t got the physicality of the players.

“I saw them beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last week and they were excellent.

“You can see why they are where they are.”

Forest’s five-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at the hands of Millwall as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat.

O’Driscoll’s players are eager for the opportunity to make amends but The Reds boss insists: “I would have prepared a full week to prepare for the game.

“I can understand players wanting to get out there again as soon as possible, but for me it has come around too quickly.

“You don’t get time to prepare or put things in place – you just have to rely on the fact a lot of these players have played a lot of games in the Championship and understand the rigours of it.

“I would much prefer to play Saturday-Saturday but it is what it is and everyone is in the same boat.”

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