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"We can't shy away from this situation"

5 December 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton says his side must show more quality in offensive areas if they are to get out of their recent slump in form following today's 2-0 defeat at Reading.

Ten-man Forest were well beaten at the Madejski Stadium by their high-flying hosts and Hughton was left disappointed and frustrated at his side's inability to stay in the game in the early stages of the second half as Reading took a two-goal lead.

He said: "We cannot afford to concede goals like the first one. I feel sorry for Yatesy because I think he has been put in a position where he has to make an instinctive decision and he's a wholehearted individual and he's made that decision. After that it was always going to be hard and what we couldn't afford to do was concede from a set-piece so that was very disappointing.

"For the first goal it was a good ball into the penalty area, an inswinger, and it's one that the goalkeeper has to deal with. From that point on, Yatesy is forced to make that decision but it's a position that he never should have been in. From that point on, it was always going to be a very difficult afternoon against a top side.

"I've got no complaints about the challenge on the goalkeeper or on the red card. We had the best chance of the game before they took the lead but that's almost where we are at the moment. We're not having numerous clear-cut chances in games but we've certainly been in good enough areas and have had enough chances to take the pressure off ourselves.

"Once you've conceded that second goal, it's important as a manager that you make sure your side don't go on to concede a third or a fourth. We tried to strike that balance and we tried to stay in the game but we couldn't find a way back in. At Luton we stayed in the game with ten men and we got a point but it was the second goal that killed us off today and made it a frustrating afternoon.

"The situation we're in is not one that we can avoid. It's the responsibility of myself and my players to make sure we turn this around. We have to continue working hard on the training ground, show more in games and certainly show more quality in the final third of the pitch."

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