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A slow start

11 April 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his side paid the price for a poor opening 25 minutes this afternoon.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town, who provided a sucker punch just before half-time courtesy of Sean Scannell.

But it was his side’s start to the game that Freedman believes cost them the match.

He said: “We were disappointing in the first 25 minutes. We didn’t show enough energy.

“I feel that, since I’ve been at the football club, the huge output of energy that was required to lift us away from the bottom of the table is now catching up with us. That showed today. I think players are breaking down through injury and we’re just running out of steam a little bit.

“In the second half I thought we had enough opportunities to at least take something from the game, but if you don’t take our opportunities at crucial times you’re going to get beaten in this division, no matter who you play against.

“Huddersfield took their goal very well and we’ve got to go away and examine how we’re going to get better in the first 25 minutes.”

Chris Burke was Forest’s Man of the Match and Freedman admitted the winger was his side’s best player on the day.

The manager said: “He was twice the player of anybody. I thought he was excellent. He kept on going and epitomises what I’m all about. “He was fantastic today.”

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