Andy Reid says he and the rest of the coaching staff will be looking for a response from the players at Reading on Tuesday night.
Forest suffered defeat at home to Brentford on Saturday and head coach Paul Williams apologised to supporters for the manner of the defeat.
And Reid, who is assisting Williams while rehabilitating from injury, says after a period of reflection the responsibility will once again be with the players when they take to the field at the Madejski.
He told Forest Player HD: “Brentford has gone now – we’ve put that to bed. We’ve been through what we’ve needed to go through to try and rectify it. We move on and we want the response.
“We’ve prepared properly and we’ve asked the players if there is anything we can do to help them, and they seem to have all the tools to be ready to go.
“We’ve put responsibility back in their hands and it’s up to them to come up with a performance tomorrow night.”
Reid confirmed there will be changes to the line-up – ‘some enforced, some for tactical reasons.’
The Irishman believes the trip to Berkshire could come too soon for Jamie Ward, who picked up a slight knock while away on international duty.
Jack Hobbs will definitely miss the match with a back problem which could keep him out for the season, while Michael Mancienne will also be unavailable due to an ankle injury which saw him hobble off in the first half of Saturday’s game.
Reid said: “Michael will be going for a scan over the next couple of days and we’ll find out the extent of his injury.
“We’re hoping it’s not as serious as we first thought but we won’t be able to tell until the scans come back.”