Jack Hobbs accepts that Nottingham Forest gave themselves ‘too much to do’ with a sloppy start at Fulham’s Craven Cottage last night.
The Reds were 3-0 down within 35 minutes, Ross McCormack scoring a hat-trick.
The Forest captain was visibly dejected after the match, saying: “It must have been one of the worst first halves we’ve had this season. We gave ourselves way too much to do and the manner in which we played wasn’t acceptable.
“We’ve had a few slow starts this season. I can’t put my finger on why. We need to make more tackles, be more disciplined, communicate more, get in people’s faces.
“When we did win the ball back we gave it away far too easily. We never got to grips with it. We were all in between doing jobs, we gave McCormack too much space on the edge of the box and he punished us clinically.
“We need to be a lot better than that.”
Forest did their best to turn it around, scoring twice through Henri Lansbury and creating a number of other opportunities to level the match.
But no equaliser was forthcoming, and for Hobbs it was hard to see past the poor first-half display.
He said: “We came out in the second half and probably did what we didn’t do in the first half.
“We created a lot of chances - good finishes from ‘H’.
“We nearly snatched a point in the end but we gave ourselves way too much to do.
“The first half cost us.”
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