Nottingham Forest forward Nicolao Dumitru was left frustrated with the defeat against Newcastle United despite scoring his first goal for the club.
Dumitru struck on 29 minutes to level terms at St James’ Park, but The Reds would go on to lose 3-1 thanks to a Dwight Gayle brace after having Matt Mills sent off.
Dumitru said: “The goal was important for me as I have worked really hard and I found some difficulties with the new division in a new country. We are disappointed with the result because the lads gave all they had but 11 against 10 against a team like this is very hard.
“The red card changed the game but we have another game and we have to win. I didn’t understand the decision as I just saw the referee speak to some of the Newcastle players and they were angry but I don’t know what about, then he got sent off. Millsy was really upset about it because he didn’t deserve it.
“We were feeling really confident because we knew they would press a lot but leave spaces in behind and I was running in behind the defenders, but then the game changed and you all saw what happened.”
The match on Friday night was Dumitru’s first appearance in the Garibaldi since the defeat to Reading in October, and he said it has been difficult adjusting to the English game since making his move in the summer.
He said: “I knew that I would have some difficulties because it is not easy for an Italian player to come to England and it took some months to understand. I suffered but it is about football and I just carried on and never gave up. I hope I can now give something more as I was not happy with what I have done up to now. I can do better and I will work to try to do better.
“The main differences are the pace, the physicality and tactically. Then you find a moment when the team is doing well and there was no space for me. You have the face that sometimes and it is frustrating to stay out as every player wants to play, but you have to understand and wait for your moment.”