Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says a “lack of confidence” was in evidence among his players during this afternoon's 4-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic at The City Ground.Jamie Paterson's second-half equaliser had briefly given The Reds hope but three further Wigan goals condemned Forest to their first home loss since November, and their manager admitted they did not show enough nous in the game's key moments despite a strong start to the contest.
The Reds boss said: "I thought their first goal came against the run of play. We had three excellent chances to take the lead before they scored following a couple of lucky ricochets. I was disappointed with that because I thought we'd competed very well up until that point.
"We got the equaliser and built up some good momentum. At 1-1 the game could have gone either way but then we showed absolute naivety to concede the second and third goals. There is just a lack of confidence at the moment which is costing us."
With Jack Hobbs ruled out for the rest of the season, Darius Henderson unavailable and Guy Moussi absent due to family issues, Forest were severely depleted in numbers but their manager revealed there is a light at the end of the tunnel with regards to injuries.
He said: "There is better news on the injury front. Kelvin Wilson and Andy Reid are on the way back, Guy Moussi should be with us next weekend and maybe one more as well. So the next 14 days should leave us much better prepared to face the last ten or so games of the season.
“We've lost eight or nine of our best players yet we're still in the top six. That would have seemed delusional earlier in the season. We're picking from a depleted squad but the guys out there today gave it their all as they have every week.”
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