Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Back to basics

8 January 2017

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn says the team must be more disciplined in their approach to games following yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

The Reds were bundled out of the Emirates FA Cup at the DW Stadium courtesy of goals from Will Grigg and Yanic Wildschut and Osborn pulled no punches in his post-match assessment of the contest.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was shocking, especially in the second half. In the first half it looked like there were two teams out there who were really low on confidence and I don't think they worried us too much. But they got the goal just before half-time and grew stronger after the break.

"In the second half they were just playing the ball around us and I felt embarrassed out there at times. They won the majority of the 50-50 battles on the pitch and at the moment we seem to think we're better than we are."

Philippe Montanier's side have recorded only one clean sheet so far this season and Osborn believes the players are struggling to find any sort of rhythm and cohesion and may benefit from going right back to the start.

He said: "We've got to go back to basics and start from minute one. Away at Huddersfield it wasn't our best attacking performance but we looked solid and we need to go back to that. We need to be more disciplined and harder to break down rather than all over the place like we were today.

"For the first five or ten minutes everyone sticks to the job they've been given but after that people, including myself, go searching for the ball in desperation. Players are coming deeper to help out but it's confusing the rest of the team and we need to get that discipline back.

"It was very quiet in the dressing room after the game. The lads were really vocal at half-time and out on the pitch and we try to get each other going but after the game it was a really quiet place to be in there."

Advertisement block