Boss Billy Davies believes Nottingham Forest may have to abandon their footballing principles if they are to be successful this season.
After seeing the Reds out-battled by a robust, direct Portsmouth side on Saturday, Davies knows something has to change. However, the Scot insists he does not have the kind of players he requires at his disposal and will need to address the problem with new signings during the January transfer window.
"There is a certain way that Forest fans believe they should play and I am all for that, I am all for playing football," said Davies. "But, when you come to a place like Portsmouth and you know how they are going to play, with that competitiveness right through their side, you can see we are lacking in certain areas.
"We have nice footballers, nice young players who want to play in the Forest way. But we also have to understand there is a different type of player required at certain times.
"And I think we need to bring this type of player into the side. We have to keep taking the club forward with a different type of player. Portsmouth have an abundance of experience. We did not have that."