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Lacking the killer instinct

25 April 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman said his side need to find the ‘killer instinct’ when they are on top of games after falling to a late 2-1 defeat away at Ipswich Town this afternoon.

After equalising through a Christophe Berra own goal early in the second half The Reds took control of the game, but a deflected Freddie Sears strike six minutes from time gave Mick McCarthy’s play-off chasing Tractor Boys all three points.

Speaking to Forest Player, Freedman said: “When we’re on top, as we have been in the past three or four games, we have got to make sure we’ve got a little more of a killer instinct and take our chances.

“We have got to find a way when we are on top of scoring those goals. Unfortunately it’s the same story – perform very well, show great attitude and commitment, but come up a little bit short.”

Freedman was quick to praise the effort of his players, who battled hard against a robust Ipswich side.

He added: “I’ve no complaints from my point of view with the players’ attitude or effort. It would have been very easy for us to come here with nothing to play for and down tools, but that won’t happen under me.”

Eric Lichaj came off midway through the second period with an injury, and the Forest boss confirmed that is the American’s season over.

“He felt his groin and unfortunately his season is finished. Eric’s nearly played every single match this season and it’s catching up with him, as it is with one or two of the players.

“He’s been fantastic since I walked through the door and we can all take our standards from Eric.”

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