Nottingham Forest deputy manager Ned Kelly sympathised with his players after this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat at Barnsley.Dale Jennings’ second-half strike handed The Tykes all three points on an afternoon Forest controlled for the most part.
Speaking to Forest Player after the match, Kelly said: “We’re a little bit frustrated and disappointed but I can’t fault the players. I thought we were terrific in the first half, we created an awful lot of opportunities, and if you take the first ten minutes away from the second half it was just constant pressure from us.
“A few things didn’t break for us. Djamal hit a good free-kick at the end which was saved well by the keeper and there were one or two scrambles in the area. We just couldn’t convert any of those chances to get a goal back.
“We put Barnsley under an awful lot of pressure but their crowd were still singing. It was a bit of a cup-tie atmosphere. They’re scrapping for their lives at the bottom and fair play to Danny Wilson, they defended brilliantly. We were just a little unfortunate not to break them down.
“I also thought the Forest fans were superb at the end of the game, they showed the players massive appreciation for their efforts.”