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Freedman reflects on Walsall defeat

11 August 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says a lack of defensive ‘desire’ was evident in tonight’s Capital One Cup defeat against Walsall.

A goal from Tyler Walker and two from Michail Antonio were not enough for Forest as they were beaten 4-3 on a dramatic evening at The City Ground. 

And Freedman was unhappy with his team’s efforts to prevent the League One side from scoring.

The manager said: “What’s happening right now is there’s a lack of desire on an individual basis to keep the ball out of the back of the net. Whether that be stopping crosses, winning headers or whatever it is. You cannot concede four goals.

“We had a fantastic rally at the end. A couple of youngsters came on and gave it a right go, and you’ll never see a goal like that in ten years from Michail Antonio.

“But a lack of concentration at the beginning and end of the game cost us dearly.”

Freedman admits that what he saw from his team this evening has altered his plans for the rest of the transfer window.

He said: “The priorities have changed, it’s as simple as that.

“The priorities have now changed from bringing in a flair player with cutting edge to identifying what I need to have some desire at the other end.

“We are in a scenario where it’s very difficult but we’ve got a few spaces.”

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