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Still Searching

3 October 2012

Sean O’Driscoll has revealed he is still striving to discover his strongest starting line-up for Nottingham Forest.

The Reds boss says he knew what his best eleven was before the addition of Simon Cox, Billy Sharp and Jermaine Jenas to his squad but is now still trying to solve that particular puzzle.

Forest will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats at the hands of Leeds and Derby when they meet Blackburn at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

And O’Driscoll told us: “We are still forming as a team.

“A month ago I could have told you my best eleven but since then we’ve added Simon Cox and Billy Sharp; Chris Cohen is fit, Henri Lansbury is getting there and Jermaine Jenas has just come into the squad.

“So the answer to anyone who asks me what my best eleven is now would be: ‘I don’t know’.

“Overall the squad has improved, so in some senses I’ve taken a step forward but in the same sense I’ve also taken two steps backwards because I’m back in a situation where I need to fit this team into the way we want to play.

“That’s the situation we’re in and hopefully people will understand that and bear with us.”

O’Driscoll will be unable to call upon suspended trio Cox, Dexter Blackstock and Adlene Guedioura; Marcus Tudgay is ruled out through injury, while Simon Hutchinson remains a doubt with a knee problem.

Jenas could be in line to make his first appearance for the Club in more than a decade after returning to The City Ground on an emergency loan from Tottenham last month.

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