Sean O’Driscoll insists Nottingham Forest’s seven-goal drubbing of Leeds is history and will have little bearing on tomorrow’s meeting between the two sides at Elland Road (kick-off 3pm).O’Driscoll was the The Reds’ first team coach when they beat Leeds 7-3 on a remarkable night in West Yorkshire in March.
He was appointed manager during the close season and has overseen an impressive start to the campaign in which Forest have remained unbeaten in six Championship outings.
They will look to extend that sequence of results tomorrow and O’Driscoll refutes suggestions his side will have a psychological advantage.
“I think it is two different teams,” he told us.
“Lots of people who were at Leeds aren’t there now and the same applies here.
“We’re not making a big song and dance about what happened last season because it’s gone and I’m sure Leeds won’t be making too much of it either.
“It was a bit of a fluke result with some outstanding goals – games like that don’t come around too often and there’s not a cat in hell’s chance of it happening again this weekend.”
The Reds came from behind with 10-men to secure a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, while Leeds were slipping to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Hull.
That represented a second successive loss for Neil Warnock’s men but O’Driscoll knows what to expect at Elland Road.
“Leeds is a tough place to go, especially under Neil,” he added.
“There are big sides in the Championship but every team will look at the Leeds game and view it as a stand-out fixture.
“That’s something Leeds have to contend with but it’s something they’ve coped with pretty well over the years.
“From our perspective there are fine lines between success and failure in the Championship and we’re trying to find a way of staying on the right side of that line.”