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Still a lot to work on

27 July 2014

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow says there are major improvements to be made following today's 1-0 defeat at MK Dons.

Forest fell to another pre-season reverse at stadium:mk following Ben Reeves's early strike and the Reds' number one says he and his teammates must strive hard to improve after a disappointing first-half display.

Speaking to Forest Player after the game, Darlow said: "The first half wasn't good enough. Even though it is still pre-season, our individual performances have to be better than they were in that first half.

"We spoke about the changes we could make at half-time and I felt the second half was much improved. We came out and created a lot of chances and played the ball around well so we were pleased with the second-half performance but unfortunately we couldn't find the equaliser."

With less than two weeks to go until Forest's Sky Bet Championship season-opener against Blackpool, Darlow says that thoughts within the group are now turning to the clash against the Seasiders with places now up for grabs.

He said: "Pre-season is about building towards the first game of the season and we're definitely doing that. Everyone wants to be in that squad for the opening game against Blackpool and that is what we're working towards as a group.

"There's plenty of things for us to work on this week in training but we've got two more pre-season friendlies to make things work. We've got a lot of players back on their way from injury and they will all improve the squad so there is a lot for us to look forward to."

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