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A game of fine margins

26 September 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton believes his side have to be more streetwise following tonight's 3-1 home loss to Fulham.

Warburton watched on from the sidelines as his team were consigned to a fifth league defeat in six and The Reds' boss was disappointed to see his players leave with nothing to show for their efforts.

Speaking after the game he said: "I'm sounding like a broken record and I don't want to. We give a goal away in the first 15 minutes for the third game in a row. We then produced a great response by pressing Fulham hard and high up the pitch and we got a good equaliser.

"We had to come out and be dominant in the second half and for the first 25 minutes of the second half we looked really strong and really positive. We stepped in and won possession, created chances and I thought we were looking really good.

"Just like at Aston Villa though, the guy starts in his own half and we end up giving away a free-kick on the edge of our penalty area. Maybe the players are too honest but my frustation is that we want them to get rewards for playing well as they have tonight."

Forest showed plenty of commitment and determination on a frustrating night at The City Ground and Warburton believes it is the game's minor details that are costing his side.

He said: "It is the really fine margins that are hurting us at the moment but that is football and we can't have any excuses. If we don't take our chances and if we don't defend our goal then we're going to keep paying the price.

"We have to be better. We have been punished for individual errors and we've been punished for loose passages of play. All we can do is keep working harder and keep putting in the hours to make sure we get it right."


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