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Sean: ‘Two Minutes Cost Us Dearly’

22 December 2012

Sean O’Driscoll felt Nottingham Forest’s hopes of claiming any reward from their trip to Watford slipped from their grasp in the space of two first half minutes.

Forest were trailing 1-0 when Daniel Ayala was sent off seven minutes before the break after collecting his second booking of the game. 

Watford capitalised almost immediately and went in at half-time leading 2-0, which is the way it stayed. 

And boss O’Driscoll reflected: “It started end to end and we had the best chance, through Danny Collins’ header. We had a threat – and they did as well. 

“They have some bright players, but I felt we were coping. It was the same as it had been for much of the season, in the sense that we felt we could score at any minute – or concede at any minute. 

“If Danny’s header had gone in, it might have been a different game. The sending off made it really difficult, particularly with the way they play. 

“Then conceding the goal was a blow as well because, at 1-0 down, even with ten men, you can reorganise at half time and change your game plan. 

“At 1-0, you are going to have free kicks and corners, there are ways to get back into the game. 

“The second goal made it a damage limitation exercise, rather than trying to get ourselves back into the game.” 

Ayala will now miss the Boxing Day meeting with Leeds at The City Ground (kick-off 12.15pm).

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