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McLeish Left To Rue Burke Brace

Posted: Sat 02 Feb 2013
Author: Nick Richardson
Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish

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Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish admitted that it felt as though Chris Burke had ‘come back to haunt’ him after the midfielder bagged two goals in this afternoon’s defeat at St Andrew’s.

The winger, who had been a target for McLeish throughout the January transfer window, scored either side of half time to condemn The Reds to defeat.

Billy Sharp netted a last minute penalty but it was too little too late for Forest as the game ended 2-1 to the hosts.

McLeish said: “Burkey came back to haunt me. We know that he was capable of doing that today, he’s a good player, but we were disappointed by the manner of his goals. We were in possession twice and surrendered the ball - five seconds later it was in the back of the net.

“We should have done better at the back - our concentration was poor and our one-on-one tackling wasn’t good enough in certain situations. If we did these things better we wouldn’t concede.

“We had a number of chances but Jack Butland was in fine form, you could see the confidence oozing out of him.

“The players need to up their level - a few individuals have dropped on that front. I don’t think it will affect their confidence because we have been very encouraging with them on the training ground.

“It’s up to them to give themselves a shake and get themselves back up the table.”