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A frustrating afternoon

26 November 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton said the fine margins cost his team during the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City this afternoon.

Forest's strong recent home run came to an end as they were beaten by goals from Junior Hoilett and Danny Ward and The Reds' boss was left to rue missed opportunities at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game he said: “At 2-0 down there was a really good chance that we didn’t take. They’re the fine margins, we didn’t take them at Birmingham, we took them against Norwich and that’s the nature of the game. We lacked that quality in the final third against a very resilient Cardiff defence.

“I’ve got to be careful what I say, but I thought it was a nailed-on handball and we should have had a penalty. However, it's not been given so we can’t cry over it now and so we move forward.”

Cardiff produced a very effective away performance to take all three points back to South Wales but Warburton believes his side must reflect heavily on their own display when reviewing the game.

He said: “Cardiff are very good at what they do. All credit to Neil and his team, but we have got to manage the game better than that.”

“I am very respectful, but yes they do have physicality. Cardiff are a physical side. Look around the park and they do have physical specimens. They’re good but we have to deal with that. I don’t think we were bullied and that’s an easy comment to make. We lost 2-0 but we haven’t been beaten by five headers.”

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