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Antonio keen to cure slow starts

7 December 2014

Michail Antonio believes Nottingham Forest’s poor first-half showing cost them two points against Charlton yesterday.

Reds boss Stuart Pearce was unhappy with the way his side played in the opening 45 minutes, during which Charlton’s Callum Harriott scored a deflected opener.

But substitute Robert Tesche scored a screamer to earn The Reds a point following a much-improved second-half performance.

Speaking after the game, Man of the Match Antonio said: “We will say it’s two points dropped because if we started as well as we did in the second half we would possibly have got the three points.

“In the first half they got a goal that I think was quite lucky. They’ve gone down the other and the ball has come off Michael Mancienne’s heel. We’ve watched it on the video and Darlow had it covered.

“We’re making it difficult for ourselves by conceding goals. We can’t afford to do it anymore because we won’t get what we want – promotion.”

Antonio, however, is convinced that a strong run of form is just around the corner.

He said: “It’s coming and, when it does, it’s going to be a really good feeling around the ground.

“Robert Tesche came off the bench and scored ‘that’ goal, Jamie Paterson and Thomas Ince started and almost scored.

“Everything’s just got to click.”

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