Nottingham Forest left-back Jack Robinson believes Martin O’Neill’s tactical flexibility can only be a good thing. 

The Northern Irishman has already utilised various formations since he arrived at the club.

This is a stark contrast to under the management of Aitor Karanka who stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation for the majority of his reign.

Robinson, who has played in every game under O’Neill so far, believes that it shows the versatility of the squad.

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He told the Nottingham Post: “You have seen us play with a few different formations in recent weeks and that is a strength of ours.

“We have players who can play almost anywhere.

“We have had different formations in different games and having the ability to do that is something we can use to our advantage.”


Having been utilised at both left-back and centre-back this season, the 25-year-old defender is certainly one of the more versatile players in the squad.

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Defensive solidity

The Reds have largely been tougher to break down under O’Neill.

In the defeats against Birmingham and Stoke, the goals were largely down to lapses in concentration rather than being carved open.

The new centre-back partnership of Yohan Benalouane and Alexander Milošević is a key reason behind this. They have taken no time to settle down to life at the City Ground.

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Robinson is one of the main beneficiaries of their arrival. He’s been able to move back to his preferred position at left-back which has provided a much better balance to the back four.

He said: “I think we are getting harder to beat. The new lads have come in and they have had to settle quickly. But the two central defenders have given us a balance, across the back four.

“It is on us to keep the goals out, but they have come into the team and helped us do that very well. We have settled down as a team and looked more comfortable in games.

“They are two big, strong central defenders and, as long as they are keeping that box clear, everyone else is happy. We are not allowing the opposition many chances.”