Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman described tonight’s defeat at Burnley as ‘very difficult to take’.
The Reds were beaten 1-0 at Turf Moor despite a resolute defensive display.
And Freedman believes there was little to choose between the two teams.
He said: “It’s very difficult to take. I think you’ve just seen why Burnley are at the top of the league.
“I felt they were the better side in the first half, we defended very well to keep it 0-0, but in the second half I felt we were the better side. We controlled the game defensively and on the ball we were fantastic.
“We could have created a few more opportunities but I think you’ve got to give credit to Burnley – their experience showed and they just pipped us to the post.
“Hopefully this time next year we’ll be in Burnley’s position because I feel we’ve got the foundations for that.”
Oliver Burke was missing from the squad and Freedman confirmed the young winger has suffered an injury.
The manager said: “This year it’s been blow after blow. It’s very difficult to take when young Oliver goes to have an X-Ray and finds out he’s broken his hand. I think he could have helped us tonight.
“He saw the surgeon at 5pm and we’ll decide if he’s going to have an op or not. He’s in a cast – at best it will be ten days, at worst five weeks.”