O'Driscoll wants to match Boro

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll branded Middlesbrough as a benchmark for his team after they held the in-form club to a stalemate at the City Ground.

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Sean O'Driscoll: Wants his Forest side to match Boro's consistency

Sean O'Driscoll: Wants his Forest side to match Boro's consistency

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Boro were searching for a seventh straight victory but could count themselves fortunate to escape with a point as Reds striker Billy Sharp was denied by the woodwork late in the second half.

"This division is notoriously unpredictable, but Boro have been consistent in their results and their performances," said O'Driscoll.

"They are a good benchmark for us, a side we would like to emulate.

"I suppose on chances created we should have won, but Boro have just won six on the spin. I saw them win at Sunderland (in the Capital One Cup) and they are a very good team.

"They didn't crack. There were times in the first half when I thought we would score, but they kept their composure and you have to give them some credit."

Sharp could have bagged a hat-trick as he was undoubtedly the hosts' biggest threat and came close on a number of occasions to breaking the deadlock.

"Once the floodgates open, he'll score a lot of goals," added the boss. "When he is on his game he is difficult to play against as he has been over the past three or four games.

"He's not one of those who plays poorly and scores goals, he is a constant threat. When the goals finally start coming he will be a great asset for us."

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