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A game of missed chances

8 December 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka bemoaned a lack of cutting edge for his side's 1-0 defeat to Preston North End.

The Reds passed up a host of opportunities in the first half before eventually succumbing to Louis Moult's second-half goal and Karanka believes his side's profligacy in front of goal was the reason behind their defeat.

Speaking after the game he said: "I think the only thing we were missing today was the goals. We played really well in the first half and should have been leading two or three-nil at half-time at least, potentially even by four or five if we'd taken our chances.

"We didn't play in the right way in the second half, especially towards the end when we had Lewis and Daryl up front. We started playing long balls up to them and we didn't read the game in the right way.

"We know that in the Championship you will get punished for every mistake that you make. We have to defend stronger and we have to keep our consistency for 95 minutes because if you don't then you will suffer a defeat like we have today."

Karanka was forced to re-shuffle his defence this afternoon following last weekend's injury to Michael Dawson but the manager felt the key issues were at the other end of the pitch on this occasion.

He said: "We thought that was the best option as Jack has played at centre-back a few times in his career and Ben has obviously played as a full-back before so we thought it was the right way to go. 

"Unfortunately though we couldn't get the goals at the other end of the pitch. We have a particular style of play that we are used to but towards the end we tried to send long balls forward and it didn't work."

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