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An unacceptable second-half display

30 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager lamented his side's second-half performance following the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland this afternoon.

The Reds failed to break down Chris Coleman's resolute Black Cats on another frustrating day at The City Ground and Warburton believes his players have to work on being more clinical in front of goal.

He said: "It was very similar to the last home game where we started well and had lots of chances but that's irrelevant. We had a couple of good headers six yards out from goal but we didn't take our chances and then we find ourselves 1-0 down against a side who keep themselves compact.

"The crowd got impatient, quite rightly, and we asked for a reaction after half-time. We made a tactical change to get more men forward but the second half was unacceptable. We looked nervous, we looked hesitant and we lacked quality in the final third to take anything from the game.

"It's not a lack of energy because every team has played the same amount of games. We just moved the ball backwards and square rather than looking for that forward pass which would open them up."

Forest played three at the back in the second half but Warburton was disappointed to see his side struggle to move the ball quickly and create any clear-cut opportunities.

He said: "We made the tactical switch at half-time to get in behind them but in the second half I cannot think of a single, quality chance that we created. It wasn't good enough and we've let ourselves and the supporters down.

"We possibly need a freshness in certain areas but teams are not going to come and let us do what we do well. The City Ground is a world-famous stadium and we've got to embrace that, be braver on the ball and take our chances when they come around."

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