Sean O’Driscoll has admitted he was taken by surprise by the intensity of his first experience of a Forest-Derby game.He was The Reds’ first team coach when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Pride Park back in March.
O’Driscoll will be in the spotlight as Forest manager when the two clubs go head-to-head at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 1.15pm) – but at least knows what to expect.
He told us: “It’s difficult for me to talk too much about Forest-Derby games because I’ve only been involved in one and that was as a peripheral figure with Steve Cotterill being the manager.
“The intensity of the game at Pride Park last season surprised me.
“I remember chatting to Nigel Clough while the game was going on and asking him if all Forest-Derby games were the same?
“He told me they were usually worse and that it’s been known for the managers to start fighting as well.
“It did surprise me but it’s a local derby involving two big clubs with big traditions, both have been highly successful in their time and both are trying to find a way back to those heights.
“But hopefully we’ll take the lead from the Liverpool-Manchester United game and the rivalry will stay within acceptable boundaries.”