Danny Collins described seeing Nottingham Forest’s run come to an end at Charlton as ‘a sickener’.
The Reds headed to the Valley on the back of five wins from six matches, but they were beaten 2-1 as Dougie Freedman tasted defeat for the first time as Forest manager.
And Collins was in no mood to hide his disappointment after he and his team-mates were unable to continue their good form.
The defender said: “Perhaps we didn’t start well. We were scruffy on the ball and there were one or two not quite at it.
“We got ourselves back into the game, Mich scored a great goal, and we felt pretty comfortable. But just before half-time they got down the side and managed to sneak one.
“We felt like we camped in their half for a lot of the game without creating too many chances, which was the disappointing thing.
“For the run to come to an end is a bit of a sickener for us but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again on Saturday with a tough one against Middlesbrough.”
Forest’s upturn in fortunes under Freedman has been noticeable, and Collins believes the new manager is getting the best out of the characters in the dressing room.
He said: “Winning games brings confidence back into the team.
“It’s a good group of lads - we knew that. Obviously the gaffer just needed to get it back out of the boys.
“The run we were on previously was tough - you’re wondering where your next win is coming from.
“We went down to Brighton and managed to dig in and get a result there and it’s just gone on from there really.
“We’ve just got to take each game as it comes and see what happens. We know on our day we’re capable of beating anyone.”
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