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Seeking The Perfect Balance

27 November 2012

Sean O’Driscoll insists one of the biggest threats to Nottingham Forest’s chances of recording a third successive Championship win this evening will come from within their own dressing room.

The Reds boss is not under-estimating the challenge his side will face against Ipswich at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm), despite the fact the Suffolk club are rooted in the bottom three.

But O’Driscoll concedes his side are still striving to strike the right balance between attack and defence.

He believes that was underlined in the first half against Wolves on Saturday when Forest looked dangerous going forward but vulnerable at times when not in possession.

Forest changed their approach during the interval and went on to claim an excellent away day win, which they will be aiming to repeat against Mick McCarthy’s struggling Ipswich.

O’Driscoll said: “Our biggest problem is ourselves. We had 10 shots in the first half against Wolves, which is fantastic, but we conceded 11 crosses.

“It’s a dangerous game trading one off the other.

“We’re still trying to get the balance right - we want to keep the forward play we’re capable of but not be so open when we lose the ball. That applies whoever we are playing.

“The biggest improvement we can make is in our own squad and our own organisation.”

Ipswich have claimed only 14 points this season and their disappointing start to the season resulted in McCarthy replacing Paul Jewell as manager.

But O’Driscoll is bracing himself for another difficult outing. “We’ve tried not to look at league positions and where clubs are and what points they’ve got,” he says.

“This is the Championship – we need to prepare for every team as though we’re playing Manchester United.”

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