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We needed to do more

26 December 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton said that his side didn’t do enough on the ball in this afternoon’s game against Birmingham City.

The Reds played out a goalless draw at The City Ground and Hughton felt it was a scrappy game in which Forest needed to do more in the final third to break the deadlock.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a tough game against opposition that have been on the back of some defeats in the last few games. They set their stall out, they worked very hard to limit the amount of ball that we had and they pressed well.

“I thought we needed to do better on the ball, we still managed to get into some good positions and if I think about some of our play, particularly here in the games we have played. We have generally had more of the ball than we did today and got into better areas and that made it a tough game for us.

“It was a scrap and that is football in this division, you get some games that open up and you have the freedom as what you would like, but Birmingham are a side that came here, 4-1-4-1, very diligent in what they did and they pressed well. I think they deserve credit for that side of their game.

“Defensively I am happy with the clean sheet but I feel that we needed to do more for that breakthrough, show a bit more on the ball and be a bit braver on the ball to get us into those positions.”

He added: “Today, I wanted us to create more and we have had a lot of games where that hasn’t been the case. We have had a lot of games when we have got into those positions. Credit to the team, they have worked hard and got into those positions, the final ball has let us down or we haven’t got bodies into the box.

“We have worked hard at that one, credit to the team, and we are getting bodies into the box, but I don’t think we got into the types of areas we have been, particularly at home.”


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