The City Ground

Next Game

N Forest v Ipswich

Sunday, 05 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 0 - 0 N Forest

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

O'Driscoll hails 'fit' Forest

Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll says it was the supreme fitness of his players that led to their second-half domination of Leeds United on Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 27/12/12 at 12:04 Post Comment

Sean O'Driscoll: Claims his side had the upper hand at the City Ground

Sean O'Driscoll: Claims his side had the upper hand at the City Ground

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

A brace from Billy Sharp, along with a Rodolph Austin own goal and superb header from Dexter Blackstock, left United unexpectedly out of their depth as Forest secured a 4-2 win at The City Ground.

O'Driscoll said after the game that it was the athletic ability of his players that ensured a foothold on their opponents.

He said: "We stuck at it. I was at the Elland Road game when they (Leeds United) played Chelsea and they were terrific for the first half, and then as the game went on Chelsea got a foothold.

"We felt the more the game went on we probably had more athletic players, and we could become more of a threat to them and we tried to up the tempo as much as we could."

With a 90-minute goal from United's Davide Somma, O'Driscoll admits his side became complacent in the closing stages.

"Once you're 4-1 up you unfortunately put your foot off the gas," he said.

"You can concede goals as well as score them.

"I think both our strikers did well today. They battled away and battled away and when they got their chances they put them away."

On Forest's first Boxing Day win in six years, O'Driscoll added: "I think we need consistency, sometimes we have consistent results from inconsistent performances and then we have inconsistent results from consistent performances.

"It's that dilemma for probably every manager in the Championship- do you change the team now or keep what you've got and half an hour into the game you're thinking there's a few tired legs and I should have changed.

"It's a bit of a quandary at the minute and we've not solved it.

"If January comes along, and we can add to the squad and it's the right players at the right time then hopefully we could do that.

"But that's a good start for us."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property