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Sean: ‘Bench A Sign Of Strength’

21 September 2012

Sean O’Driscoll believes the impact of Nottingham Forest’s substitutes in the last two games underlines the strength in depth at his disposal.

Simon Cox and Dan Harding stepped off the bench to earn The Reds a point against Birmingham last Saturday, while Dexter Blackstock did the same at Palace on Tuesday as 10-man Forest held Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw.

And that’s a source of great encouragement for O’Driscoll as he prepares for tomorrow’s meeting with Leeds at Elland Road (kick-off 3pm).

He says: “The subs in the last two games have been brilliant – people talk about us having resilience but we’ve got that because we can look at the bench and know we can change things.

“The bench gave us an opportunity to get back into the game against Birmingham and it was the same against Palace.

“Looking at team’s benches in the Championship usually gives you an idea of how strong they are as a club.

“Our bench is as strong as it can be and we’ve got Chris Cohen and Henri Lansbury to come back in, so we need to make sure that we can integrate these players into the squad when we’re still in a good position.

“It’s always nice to come into a team that’s doing well rather than struggling.”

O’Driscoll will be unable to call upon Adlene Guedioura tomorrow as he begins a three-match ban following his sending-off against Palace, while Sam Hutchinson is a doubt due to a knee injury.

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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