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24 September 2017

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Kieran Dowell says Nottingham Forest need to find ways to break down the opposition after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa.

The Reds were left frustrated despite a strong display in the second half and Dowell knows that the side need to be creative in breaking down solid defensive units.

He said: "The first half we were a bit lethargic in our build-up play but at half time we had a talk amongst ourselves and the second half was much better. That was more like us; playing through the thirds and creating chances but we couldn't get that second goal.

"We are a good passing team but if the opposition sets up to stop that with two banks of four it is hard to break down. We need to find a way to win and I think we needed more energy in the second half, with a few more runners in behind and that is what we got.

"The second goal was probably the worst possible time it could have been against us; it took the wind out of our sails and they have continued to do what they did all game which was to sit behind the ball."

The defeat made it three losses in a row but Dowell has faith that things will click together soon and Forest can start picking up results.

"It has been a frustrating spell but the fans have been quality," he said. "They have stuck by us and they stayed right until the end today and they need to keep on doing that. Good things are happening and we will come out of this spell.

"We are coming close to clicking everything together, it is just the small margins at the minute. We have a lot of experience but also a lot of younger lads who are in this league for the first time. We are all learning but once it comes together it will be really good."

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