Kelvin Wilson says he and his Nottingham Forest team-mates are comfortable playing 3-5-2 should Stuart Pearce decide to do so against Middlesbrough.
The Reds produced a resilient display against Leeds using that system, with Wilson lining up alongside Danny Fox and Eric Lichaj in central defence.
And the centre back told Forest Player he would welcome the idea of reusing that formation on Boxing Day.
Wilson said: “I think it worked well on Saturday. It’s obviously different to 4-4-2, and usually there’s a spare man in the three which makes it easier for you as a defender.
“The downfall can be the space in behind down the sides, but I think if you get the balance right and the players know what their job is it’s pretty easy.”
Boro go into the match fourth in the Sky Bet Championship but Wilson hopes this latest challenge will help The Reds ‘click’.
He said: “Middlesbrough are a good side but we won’t respect them too much. We’re going there to try and win, but definitely not lose. They’ve got a lot of pace going forward so we have to make sure we’re right at the back.
“I think there are still quite a few of us waiting to hit our top form. That will come, and that’s when the results will start picking up.
“The main thing is just having confidence. That comes with winning games, and then it will click.”
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