Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was pleased with his side’s reaction at half time to get a 1-1 draw against Preston.
With his side losing 1-0 at the break after a Simon Makienok goal, Montanier made changes and a more committed performance resulted in a share of the spoils at The City Ground.
He said: “It was difficult to do worse as than the first half as it was very bad. Yes, we had a reaction in the second half and we gave everything to get a draw as that was the target at least. We deserved to lose the first half as it was awful, but there was a good reaction and a good game in the second half.
“It is difficult to know why we started badly, but perhaps because we changed players from the last game. There was not a lot of energy at the beginning and it is a handicap for us if every game we only play one half and it is difficult to reach our best level.”
Montanier brought on Armand Traore at the break and reverted to four defenders to try and add more of an attacking impetus and it paid dividends as a Chris Maxwell own goal drew Forest level.
Montanier said: “Perhaps the formation change did make a difference, and also to know that we cannot continue to play like we did in the first half. There was a good reaction in the dressing room to that and every player showed determination at the beginning of the second half and were confident to get a draw.
“It was the opposite from the last game when we played well in the first half and bad in the second. I hope on Saturday we understand we need to play in two halves as we need to.