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An undeserved defeat

9 December 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton believes his side deserved at least a point away at league leaders Norwich City this evening.

The Reds had plenty of opportunities to take something away from Carrow Road but were eventually beaten by Emi Buendia's deflected strike and Hughton felt the result was harsh on his players.

He said: "It's a disappointing defeat because I didn't think it was a deserved one over the 90 minutes. In the first half Norwich were better than us, despite not really creating many clear-cut opportunities but we ended up conceding a poor goal on the stroke of half-time. What I did get was a very positive reaction from the players in the second half and once we got the equaliser, I couldn't see us losing the game because we were so firmly in the ascendancy.

"That's the way things are going for us at the moment. Norwich got a very fortuitous second goal but I thought our character throughout the second half was much better and much more like what I want to see. We coped with them pretty well in the first half but we still need to be much better on the ball ourselves and try to create opportunities going forward.

"We can't deny that we're on a bad run of results but when I look at the performances against Watford and the second half of tonight's game, it is very encouraging and it's what I want to see. Unfortunately, those periods of really good play are still not getting us the points that we need to get.

"A relegation battle is not something I'm thinking about but I do understand where we are. We are not in a false position and the league table certainly doesn't lie. I think our performances have been better than the results we've been getting and what we need to do is start picking up points. I have a lot of confidence in this group of players to solve the problems we've got.

"It's another quick turnaround before Saturday's home game and if we can show what we showed in patches tonight, particularly through that second half, then we'll give ourselves a good chance to start picking up some points."

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