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Three points thrown away

2 December 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton lamented 'an unacceptable amount of mistakes' following this afternoon's 4-2 defeat at Ipswich

Forest shot themselves in the foot on four occasions as they were beaten at Portman Road and the manager was angered by his side's defensive display.

Speaking after the game he said: "Mistakes have cost us today and we've given away an unacceptable level of goals.

"We finished the first half so strongly, started the second half really well and looked in control. But then we've given away two very soft goals, the same as we had in the first half, and it's unacceptable.

"I'm not looking at individuals as Michael Mancienne has been exceptional this season and Jordan Smith has been left exposed on many occasions this afternoon. Now it's about how we respond and bounce back.'

Warburton's men have been criticised at times this season for being too easy to beat and The Reds' boss says that statement rang true in Suffolk this afternoon.

He said: "We cannot be the team that plays nice, pretty football but gets beaten easily. We've got to do the ugly side of the game better.

"We can't keep sitting here saying 'well at least we had a lot of possession' because that can't happen at this level. We've created a lot of chances and haven't put them away while at the other end we've conceded really soft goals and have thrown three points away.

"Whatever line of work you're in, if you make mistakes then you're going to get punished. There's no excuses for it. We haven't been clinical enough and we've been exposed at the other end."


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