Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Gardner admitted the team were ‘gutted’ after yesterday’s defeat at Watford but insisted they would not allow their heads to drop.
Gardner and his team-mates were dealt a sickening blow by substitute Odion Ighalo, who pounced on a mistake to score a late winner in a match which could have swung in Forest’s favour.
The midfielder said: "The lads are gutted. We had the opportunities to win it and I thought we were solid at the back. The defence were brilliant for 90 minutes and one mistake has cost us the game. I thought Kelvin was brilliant and that’s how cruel football is.
"But we’ve all got to keep our heads up. We’re absolutely gutted but we can take positives out of this. We’ll be back in training next week. We’ve got to keep our heads up, train well and get ready for Leeds.”
From a personal perspective, Gardner is still enjoying his return to The City Ground for a second loan spell. He said: "It’s a great feeling. I haven’t played since the start of the season so I’m just clocking up the minutes. "I’m just delighted to be back - the fans, the staff, the players have welcomed me back and I just can’t wait for the rest of the season. I’m really excited for it and I think we’ve got to be pushing for the play-offs."