Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil said the 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday was tough to take as he felt his side’s performance warranted a point.
A wonder goal from Almen Abdi was added to by Fernando Forestieri’s second half strike before Ben Osborn pulled on back for The Reds, but Wednesday left The City Ground with all three points.
Brazil said: “We were the team that was in the ascendency, we get ourselves a penalty and those are the moments we need to take. To concede from what is another exceptional goal about 30 seconds later is a tough pill to swallow. It put us on the back foot a little bit and understandably so as the players found themselves a goal down when it wasn’t warranted.
“We got ourselves through to half time and the disappointment for me was to concede the second goal. It must be harder to score a goal against us with the lad facing away from goal, it was a weak goal. We got ourselves back in the game, threw a few things at them and we huffed and puffed but never got that real clear-cut chance.
“I can’t fault the players’ efforts, I felt we had a real go and I spoke to Carlos afterwards and they know they have been lucky to get three points. We were unlucky not to get a draw on Tuesday and we were unlucky not to get a draw today.
“From a squad and club perspective, there is no good feeling sorry for ourselves; we have got to get our heads down, believe in what we are doing and the results will come. At this moment we are getting hurt and you could almost do a goal of the season contest from the goals we are conceding. The character of this group has got to come through and we have got to show a resilience to get through what is a tough period at the minute.”
Brazil had praise for Jordan Smith who made his full Reds debut in goal and feels that Forest need to manage the game better to be able to grind out results.
He said: “Jordan had a fantastic game and really looked the part. I felt it was appropriate to give him the chance. We know how good a goalkeeper he is and from our point of view we know the qualities he has and he showed that today. He is a very competent goalkeeper that can play at this level so I am pleased for him but disappointed that he ended up on the losing team.
“We have got to learn to be less naïve in games. The management of the game by Sheffield Wednesday showed that they were a bit more savvy. They were good at playing the game out, running the clock down and there were some occasions when they weren’t as injured as they were making out, they were taking time with substitutions but they are going back up to Sheffield with three points.
“We have got to get brighter and more knowledgeable in how to play the game. If we were cleverer at Craven Cottage and again today, we would have got a point.
“We are not a million miles away from getting this right and picking up points consistently. We need to believe in what we are doing, work hard on the training ground and the results will come for us.”