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The luck is out

24 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was left to rue the performance of referee Kevin Friend during this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Montanier was disappointed by decisions in the lead-up to both of Wednesday’s goals at Hillsborough and says his side have not had the rub of the green with the officials in recent matches.

He said: “It was a good game against a very good side. We are disappointed to have lost right at the end of the game but we’re upset with two major decisions.

“It was those decisions which made the difference. The throw-in which led to their corner for the first goal should have been ours and then there was a foul on Ben Osborn in the lead up to the winning goal.

“We can correct our own mistakes but cannot correct the mistakes of the officials. Sheffield Wednesday are a very good team and they don’t need the help of the referee.”

Forest left Kieran Lee unmarked inside their penalty area for both goals but Montanier believes his side’s defensive work is being undone by decisions going against them.

He said: “It was tough day but we defended very well throughout the game and we thought we’d done enough to take a point. If we’d scored at the beginning of the second half then I think we’d have gone on to win the game.

“We’ve showed a good defensive mentality throughout the game but, as it did in Rotherham, two decisions from the referee have made it difficult for us.

“I work with the players throughout the week in training and by watching the video but we have no power to change the way our matches are being refereed at the moment.”

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