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Opportunity missed

17 December 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was disappointed with his squad as he said players failed to step up in the 2-0 defeat to Wolves.

With around 10 players out injured, this afternoon’s game at The City Ground was a chance for other players to make their mark but Montanier felt they should have done more.

He said: “We hoped for a good result but we gave a present to the opponent and they profited. I am disappointed with that. I know we have 10 injuries but we have a squad’ it was a good opportunity for other players to show their quality.

“We need the players to play at their top level and to have a good performance. This evening I have too many players who didn’t give a good performance. If you have four or five players like that then the team performance is weak.

“In the first half we lost a lot of duels, especially the second ball and we needed to be strong in the duels. Then after if you have the ball in defence and try to dribble around three or four players, that is not the tactic, it is a bad choice and I am very disappointed. We need to be more collective and not make mistakes.”

Montanier added that he feels his side could be drawn into a relegation scrap if things don’t improve

He said: “Before the second goal we made mistakes. Perhaps it was difficult today but we needed a better technical level and a better collective level. You cannot lose the ball in the defence as the opponent will profit, like the second goal.

“After the second goal there was no reaction, as it gave a lot of confidence to the opponent and we lost momentum. Afterwards it was too much at 2-0 and difficult to come back. Mentally we were not very strong today. 

“When you have one point from nine our situation we have to fight to avoid relegation and we have to be ready to fight for that. I hope the players are clear of the situation and know that they have to play better. We cannot repeat the same performance.”

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