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Simply not good enough

2 October 2016

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen says there are no excuses left for The Reds following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Bristol City.

Forest fell to defeat at Ashton Gate despite taking a first-half lead and Cohen admits the squad will have to take a long, hard look at themselves as they enter the two-week international break.

He said: “It was a typical Championship game. We took our chance in the first half and were reasonably happy at half-time but then we were weak in the second half. We lost all of our individual battles, myself included.

"We have to stop this from happening. That's three or four times now that we've gone ahead in games and we've taken only one point away in total. We've got to be braver with an without the ball when we're winning the game.

"It's just so disappointing for the supporters. We've had another fantastic following come down even though our league position isn't great but we didn't deserve to take anything game. We weren't good enough."

Forest took over 1,400 supporters down to the South West and Cohen says he and his team-mates need to sort out their soft underbelly ahead of their next game at home to Birmingham City in 12 days' time.

He said: "We've not been conceding goals because of formations or shapes, it's just been sloppy mistakes. Henri is the best player in our side but he's made the error for the goal and that then put them on the front foot.

"Every time we go 1-0 or 2-1 down we seem to then start playing so we have to find a way of doing that when we're in front. At the moment, individually and collectively we're not good enough. That needs to be sorted out.

"We've got a great bunch of lads, a good team spirit and perhaps we're too nice to each other. The fans probably don't want to hear it right now but we're trying our hardest and we want to show how much their support means to us."

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