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Defeat tough to take

26 December 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier said the 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield was tough to take because of the manner of their goals.

Two second-half own goals sealed the 2-1 win for the home side at the John Smith's Stadium after Hildeberto Pereira had given The Reds a first-half lead and Montanier feels his side struggled to come back into the match after the winner.

He said: “It was very tough because when you lead 1-0 at half time. It was difficult because there was a lot of wind and to concede two own goals is very tough to accept. For that it was a tough defeat.

“I would like to spend more time in the second half with the 1-0 lead, as with the wind we saw that we could play a little bit higher, but after the first goal we conceded the second after a good opportunity from a corner. They changed a little bit and it was very difficult to recover.

“We didn’t concede any opportunities after the two goals we conceded. Huddersfield had a lot of control of the ball but we managed very well as a unit with a good defensive mentality. That was important here today and the players worked together. We had a good opportunity with the corner then on the counter attack we conceded the goal. I think we were unlucky as Vladimir didn’t have a lot to save before the goals. 

“After Huddersfield had a good control of the game. When they were leading 2-1 it was easier for them to keep the ball at home and to try and profit from the space. After the second goal it was difficult for us to have a good attack as we couldn’t get control of the game.”

Montanier was also disappointed with some of the refereeing decisions in the match, including the decision to award Huddersfield a throw-in which led to Michael Mancienne’s second yellow card.

He said: “I was a little disappointed about some decisions. They didn’t influence the score but I saw Britt get a bloody nose from a lot of hits during the game but the referee didn’t see it. 

“The throw-in was a throw-in for us, then after it is a red card. I am very angry about this decision as I can see it was a throw in for us so the officials must be able to see it too. 

“I talked to the player to be careful about the reaction and not to receive a yellow card for dissent. There was a lot of frustration when you lead 1-0 then go 2-1 behind and when you have a throw in to attack and the referee makes a mistake. I am not satisfied with his reaction but I understand it.”


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