Nottingham Forest Under 21 head coach Charlie McParland was disappointed with his side’s defensive display as they were beaten 2-1 by Derby County last night.A second-half penalty from James Demetriou wasn’t enough to prevent The Reds from slipping to defeat and McParland admitted his team must be more stubborn at the back.
He said: “The result wasn’t what we wanted but to be honest, I thought the performance was ordinary. We kept the ball well but we weren’t clinical enough up front and we didn’t defend well enough.
“Derby have put two crosses into the box in the first-half and they’ve scored from one of them. We need to be firmer at the back and the lads need to work harder as a defensive unit.”
Australian striker Demetriou was a menace to the Derby defence and McParland was pleased with the impact he made and the confidence with which he slotted his penalty away.
He said: “James did well tonight and looked very lively. He did superbly to win the penalty and then showed great composure to step up and put it right into the corner.
“He’s only been with us for a few weeks but you can see now that with some training and game time, he is getting better every week.”
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