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22 October 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says his side have 'no excuses' for their performance following tonight's 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

The Reds were beaten by goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls as Henri Lansbury's late penalty was not enough to rescue a point and Montanier says his players have to take responsibility for their own errors.

Speaking after the game he said: "We're disappointed because we started the game well but conceded a bad goal from a set-piece. Once again we made individual mistakes and that made it very difficult for us to try and come back from 2-0 down with ten men.

"It's not just about stopping the goals from inside our penalty area, it's about blocking the crosses as well. At the moment we're not strong enough and we're not doing enough defensively to stop the opponent from having chances.

"We make no excuses for tonight's defeat. The talk about ownership has no effect on what happens on the pitch. It is my responsibility to sort out the on-pitch problems and mistakes and there's no excuses after this game."

Forest suffered further disappointment as Thomas Lam was shown a red card for a foul on Anthony Pilkington but Montanier admits he has no arguments over the sending off and was disappointed by the defender's mistake.

He said: "I've got no complaints with the red card. Thomas made a mistake with the ball and stopped the player from getting through on goal so that is the rule. That mistake reflects the problems we are having right now."

"The argument between Britt and Henri over who took the penalty is normal in football. I'd rather have two players wanting to take it than nobody. Those two are the designated penalty-takers and I leave it up to them to decide who takes it.

"We're disappointed that Mustapha Carayol will be out for several weeks with his injury but David Vaughan is only out for a few days with a rib problem. Throughout this season we'll pick up injuries but that's not a reason to accept a defeat like this."

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