Steve McClaren still after new Nottingham Forest signings

Steve McClaren
McClaren took over as Forest manager from Billy Davies in June

Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren says his squad is not yet strong enough and he still wants to sign players.

The Reds last week signed strikers Matt Derbyshire and Ishmael Miller to add to the midfield trio of George Boateng, Andy Reid and Jonathan Greening.

But McClaren told BBC Radio Nottingham he wants to bring in some more players during the international break.

"Hopefully our squad is then complete and we've got the players that we want. We're not ready yet," McClaren said.

Forest face three more games in league and cup before the international football break and the manager is looking forward to a chance to regroup.

"We're trying to pick up and fight for as many points as possible before the international break because we're not ready," he added.

The former England manager was thrilled with the 1-0 win over Doncaster on Tuesday - their first league win in three fixtures.

"There's a sense of relief as much as anything, it was a fantastic reaction from the players, a good team performance," McClaren said.

McClaren made four changes from Saturday's team with Chris Cohen moving to midfield and Chris Gunter coming in at left-back. Matt Derbyshire made his full debut and Ishmael Miller came off the bench for his first game as a Forest player.

And McClaren was happy with how the team is coming on. He added: "We needed legs in midfield, Boateng has had three games already and needs a rest. Gunter plays left-back for Wales so he can do that.

"Derbyshire is building fitness and giving a performance like that is going to be a threat. Miller coming on for 20 minutes, he's going to be a threat as well so we look a little stronger, better."

"We've learned a lot in 10 days and there'll be winners and losers with new management. I'm learning about the league and the team and the players, what will win and what we need."

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