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Not ruthless enough

21 November 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says a mixture of wastefulness and naivety was to blame for today’s defeat at Brentford.

Forest conceded a 96th-minute goal to the Bees, who had been pegged back to 1-1 by Henri Lansbury moments after they saw Harlee Dean red-carded.

The scoreline didn’t tell the story of a match which The Reds dominated, but Freedman admits their old problems came back to haunt them at Griffin Park.

The manager said: “I’m very, very disappointed. We were in full control of the game and created, once again, too many opportunities not to win.

“We’re not ruthless enough in front of goal - we’re not taking our chances - and that’s what’s costing us games of football.

“Our own naivety, our lack of discipline, when they went down to ten men opened the game up. Through our own making, they have scrambled a winner from a double deflection.

“Very, very hard to take.”

Freedman’s annoyance at the outcome was plain to see and he believes it’s time to go ‘back to basics’, despite the attractiveness of his team’s play in recent matches.

He said: “I am going to have to look at this situation. We’re playing wonderful stuff, we’re creating numerous opportunities - but we’re not taking them and we’re conceding.

“The shape is going to have to tighten up a little bit and we’re going to have to go back to basics. Today we were fantastic to watch - great energy, great passing of the ball. But we don’t score.

“Brentford have had two five-minute spells and scored two goals, which has given them the win.”


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