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We need to be smarter

15 February 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil was left frustrated as he felt with a bit more intelligence, his side could have come away with a point from Fulham.

Goals by Pajtim Kasami and Ben Brereton were not enough as The Reds fell to a 3-2 defeat at Craven Cottage, and Brazil feels the goals conceded could have been prevented.

He said: “I am frustrated at ourselves. We have nobody but ourselves to blame. There were elements of our game that were really positive. I thought we started the game really well, we got ourselves in front with a good goal, continued that on and were doing things in the game that were causing Fulham problems. Then there was a point when we lost a bit of energy and we need to manage the game better.

“Senior players need to step forward a little bit more and govern over the group of players. We were pressing high and working hard and causing them problems but we can’t do that for 95 minutes. At that point when we feel the energy go we need to make it hard for Fulham to go through us. In no space of time from being strong in the game we find ourselves 2-1 down through a lack of intelligence about how we are running around. 

“We needed to get that sorted and we got in the changing room at half time and talked about what we wanted to do. We start the second half and score ourselves a lovely goal and we are nicely set at 2-2. 

“Yes, they had a fair bit of possession but we were solid. Vlad didn’t have to make many saves and on the side you are thinking we will take 2-2. We had a big threat up front and we were comfortable. Then one little switch off when we don’t track our runner and we find ourselves 3-2 down.

“We should come away from it with at least a point; that is my frustrations. Were there elements of our game tonight that were better than at Carrow Road, absolutely, and we need to build on the positivity about the things we did well and carry that on on Saturday.

“There were glimpses tonight where we could see where we want to go against a side that will, in all probability, be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. There wasn’t much between us. At times they kept the ball better than us but we had the ability to hurt them and you have seen the ability of the young kid again tonight and I thought all round we showed we are a decent team. 

“They had to change their shape after 15 minutes because they couldn’t handle us and that was a mark of respect to us and I think, more than them playing well, it was us not being intelligent enough at the right time.”

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