Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams says he ‘couldn’t fault’ the players’ second-half display against Brighton this evening.The Reds slipped to defeat in injury time, Steve Sidwell turning the ball home to cancel out Dexter Blackstock’s equaliser.
Despite that disappointment, however, Williams had praise for the team’s endeavour.
The coach said: “Football is being very cruel to us at this minute in time. I think in the first half we showed a bit too much respect to Brighton but second half the players got closer and did the hard miles in the game, and on top of that created chances.
“In the second half you couldn’t fault them. We created far more chances than we have for a long time but again it’s the same old story.”
Williams is awaiting news on Jamie Ward, who was substituted in the first half with a hamstring injury.
The coach hopes Michael Mancienne will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Rotherham, while he admitted that Kelvin Wilson’s inclusion is less likely.
He said: “It’s hard for the players to take – another blow when on another day we’d have been 3-1 up.
“But that’s where we are – we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get going for Rotherham on Saturday.”