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Sean Upbeat Despite Defeat

1 December 2012

Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll was ‘pleased with what he saw’ from his side in this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat by Hull at The City Ground.

Two controversial decisions handed The Tigers the lead either side of the break. First, Simon Gillett was adjudged to have tripped David Meyler in the box which allowed Robert Koren the opportunity to slot home and then Paul McShane sparked furious protestations when he appeared to handle before clinching the winner.

Billy Sharp had equalised for the hosts after he was felled in the area.

And despite the frustrating manner of his team’s defeat, O’Driscoll declared himself pleased with the performance.

He said: “Apart from the result I’m pleased with what I’ve seen.

“This was always going to be a difficult game just because of the way they play.

"I’ve seen them two or three times and their extra man in midfield and floating second striker gives teams all sorts of problems. I thought we coped with it really well.

“It was always going to be a game where we would have to change our formation. We toyed with the idea of matching them up with a back three but Daniel Ayala had to drop out on Friday after picking up a bug.”

“The analyst boys said it was a hand ball for their second but there’s nothing we can do about that.

"I thought we responded really well to their penalty and got a fortunate one ourselves.

"It’s not the referee’s fault – the technology to sort it out is there but we don’t use it for some reason.”

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