Nottingham Forest temporary manager Gary Brazil said a poor first-half display cost his side in this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at home to Millwall.Goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin put The Lions into a commanding position at the break and despite a reply from Jamie Paterson in the early stages of the second half, the visitors left with all three points.
And Brazil could only rue a disappointing first 45 minutes which meant his charges were left with too much to do after the interval.
Speaking to Forest Player after the game he said: “I didn’t see the first-half performance coming. We’d had an excellent week of training but we didn’t play with enough energy from the start. We didn’t earn the right to play and we didn’t move the ball well enough.
“We weren’t good enough in both boxes. We didn’t ask enough questions of Millwall and the two goals we conceded were very disappointing. That meant we had a mountain to climb at half-time.
“The second half was much better with Kelvin and Henri both coming on. We played with a higher tempo and got the goal that we wanted. We huffed and puffed towards the end of the game but couldn’t find that extra bit of quality to break them down.”
Today’s result leaves Forest trailing the Sky Bet Championship playoff places by five points but Brazil insists that his side will continue to battle as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground on Tuesday night.
He said: “The race for a top-six finish is not over. The points tally we need is still not far away from what we have now. But we need to start picking up wins and we need to start beating teams on our own turf. That should have happened today and now it needs to happen on Tuesday.
“It has been a boost to get Henri and Kelvin back onto the field today. We’ll have a role call tomorrow morning to find out who is ready for Tuesday and we’ll go again. We’re not going to let this season die out now.”