Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll has backed striker Billy Sharp to get in amongst the goals in the near future.The on-loan striker missed a good chance to notch his first for the club against Blackburn last night when he fired into the side netting on 70 minutes.
And O’Driscoll, who managed Sharp at Doncaster, admits he expected the front man to score.
He said: “I’ve been involved in so many games where Billy Sharp gets the chance and he scores! I had my fingers crossed when he pulled off and got on the end of a great ball in from Andy Reid.
“He hasn’t really trained that much – we keep playing games and he’s spent a lot of time on the bench. When he gets up to speed he’ll score that, and that was the chance which would have allowed us to walk off the pitch with a 1-0 win, thinking ‘that was a professional job’.”
Last night saw Henri Lansbury make his first start for the club, while Jermaine Jenas came off the bench for his first appearance since leaving ten years ago.
O’Driscoll said: “We’re not the finished article, we know that. We brought Henri in for his full debut and we’re still trying to find out where his best position is for us.
“Jermaine came in as well, which is another building block for us as we look to make ourselves a better team. But if you make too many changes you don’t get any fluency.”