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A difficult day

13 February 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says it was a ‘difficult day’ for his side after Huddersfield won 2-0 at The City Ground.

A Matt Mills own goal and Phillip Billing screamer sent the Terriers back to South Yorkshire with all three points having inflicted Forest’s first league defeat since November.

Freedman said: "Today was a difficult day from the off. I felt the first 15-20 minutes, Huddersfield were sharper to the ball and they went a goal up.

"We gave it a go in the second half, I thought we had our moments, but a lot of credit to them.

"It was a little bit self-inflicted. We forgot who we were in certain moments of the game. That’s where it’s a little bit disappointing for me.

"We pressed a little bit higher than we normally do and we left gaps all over the field, allowing Huddersfield to be a little bit sharper to the ball. I just felt today we tried to do something a little bit different, and I’ve obviously got to take the blame for that as well.

"For the last three or four months the players have been fantastic. They’ve been playing to their maximum and results have reflected how well we’ve been playing.”

Ryan Mendes was absent from the squad today but Freedman says he could be back in contention soon.

The manager said: "After training yesterday he felt his groin. He went for a scan late last night and he’s got a small strain in there.

"They tell me 7-10 days so, with a bit of luck, he’ll be back for Burnley. If not, Bristol City."

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