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Below-par performance

26 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton said his side were below par and deserved to lose against Leeds this afternoon.

Goals from Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski condemned The Reds to their first home defeat of the season and Warburton felt their performance warranted nothing more.

He said: “There were no positives today; we were below par all over the pitch. We were loose, we were sloppy, lacked an intensity and we looked heavy-legged. That is no excuse as we had a lot of fresh legs today and as a team we were below par.

“It surprises me as we had been in good shape. We had got better with every game, showed good quality and there was an incisiveness to our play so it shocked me today. We win together and lose together and we were below par. We didn’t deserve to win the game of football today.

“It was unlike us; we move the ball quickly and we have so much quality as a group but that wasn’t there today, for whatever reason.

“Sometimes you can have an off day and you can look too hard at it but the simple thing was that we weren’t at it.

“Leeds were organised and a disciplined team but we didn’t test their goalkeeper. We conceded the first goal after a poor 25 minutes of play and to have their striker surrounded by four or five of our defenders and score, it summed us up in the first half.

“We expected a reaction as a group but it didn’t really come today. We huffed and puffed but never really looked like getting anything out of the game.”

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