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We didn't do enough

14 April 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton said his side didn’t do enough to get the win today as The Reds lost 1-0 against Blackburn Rovers.

Tommie Hoban’s header proved to be the difference in a scrappy game among two relegation candidates and Warburton said his side lacked the quality needed to get the win.

He said: “We didn’t do enough to win the game. We started the game brightly and looked good in the first five to ten minutes or so; we looked good and moved the ball well and I thought we were going to go into the mode from last week. 

“But we were sloppy, gave the ball away cheaply and didn’t show enough quality to take the three points. It was a scrappy game with few chances and we knew they possess good dead ball delivery. We lost a play at a corner but we didn’t do enough to get the three points today.

“We knew they would come here fighting for their lives. We spoke about rising to the challenge and respecting the opponent and we started brightly but didn’t do enough. When you play well you take the plaudits but today we didn’t play well. Both teams were scrappy, the ball was given away and turned over too many times and we lacked the quality in the final third. 

“We got into good areas but if the final ball was loose, the cross was over-hit or there were misunderstandings; we just failed to deliver the level of quality that we know the team is capable of.”

Warburton knows his side are deep in a relegation fight after the defeat and missing an opportunity to move further away from the drop zone following today’s match.

He said: “It is a fight now. If there was the right performance and the right result today, then there is that breathing space. We are in a fight and we go to Cardiff, with all the focus on going to a tough venue and delivering a performance that we know we need to deliver. 

“There is no doubt we have the quality but we have to be consistent. I have been told there is a lack of consistency in terms of performances but there is no doubt about the quality or the character of the players. We just have to take it on to the pitch and deliver the performance we need.”

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