Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil felt the quality of Norwich’s side shone through as they ran out 5-1 winners at Carrow Road this afternoon.
Two goals from Alex Pritchard added to first-half strikes by Jonny Howson, Josh Murphy and Wes Hoolahan to compound a miserable day at the office for The Reds who had Eric Lichaj sent off and also lost Stephen Henderson to a serious looking injury.
Brazil said: “In the first half we struggled to get close enough to them and the bits we have been good at in the last few games we weren’t as good at. We didn’t win our duels cleanly, we didn’t get the pieces from that and we allowed them to play in our half a lot of the time in the first half. It picked up in the second half, we started on the front foot and the fourth goal has killed us.
“They have a very strong squad that has just come out of the Premier League, but from our point of view we didn’t move the ball brightly or quickly enough like we had been doing in previous weeks. We will dust ourselves down and look at it when the players come back in and we will prepare ourselves for the next game.
“It is not the end of the world. It is a dose of realism to a point as that is the journey we will have to make if we want to get to the right end of this league. We were playing against a team and a manager who have been here for three seasons, has been in the Premier League and come down and they are in a stronger position than we are at this moment in time.
“That is the challenge for us moving forward; we want some continuity and players we can work with on a consistent basis. Today there were certain things we had started doing well that weren’t evident today and we as a group will sort that out.
“It was a big disappointment to lose the goalkeeper to what looks like a serious injury. We will have to recover as a group and with Stephen we will have to be patient and see what the scans show. It is an Achilles injury but it didn’t look good; it is a big loss for us. Jordan Smith came in for his first game for Forest and he did well but with how Stephen has played that is a big loss for us.
“It was disappointing to lose Eric with the second yellow card and it has been a day where we have seen the difference in the quality between the two groups. You can see the Premier League quality with Norwich and the quality of the finishing was exceptional.”
Brazil felt despite the high scoreline his side carried on until the end and was pleased that Ross McCormack made a goalscoring start to his Forest career.
He said: “If there are positives to take from it, we kept going right to the end, we didn’t quit even with 10 men and a plus for me was seeing the quality of Ross McCormack coming on the pitch. It was a delightful finish and he added something for us coming on the pitch.”