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A frustrating day at the office

22 February 2020

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi spoke of his 'big frustration' following the 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground.

The Reds huffed and puffed on a blustery day on Trentside but Rangers stood firm to leave Lamouchi disappointed with his side's cutting edge, although he would not be critical of his players' effort and application.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a game we should have won but unfortunately we leave with a draw. I think we deserved more from the game but rules are rules so the fantastic goal we scored was disallowed. We missed efficiency in attack and the last pass in the final third was always missing but we fought hard.

"In the first half, Sammy Ameobi delivered two fantastic balls into the penalty area but only one person was inside the box and that is not enough at home. We controlled the game, we played with real confidence but we weren't sharp enough in attack and that was what cost us.

"We knew that this wouldn't be an easy game but from minute one I thought we controlled it. We played with a good rhythm for most of the game but offensively we weren't quite at it and we leave The City Ground with a big frustration because we have only taken away one point."

Forest now face back-to-back away trips to Cardiff City and Middlesbrough and Lamouchi says they will stand every chance of picking up maximum points if they improve their finishing in front of goal.

He said: "This is not the time to give up. We must keep going and keep performing as well as we did today because then the results will come. At times this season I have complained about my players for a poor performance but not today. Today we played for the victory but just came up a little bit short.

"Now we must have a good couple of days of rest before we have another tough game against Cardiff. The players are giving me everything at the moment but we just have to make sure we are that bit more efficient in the final third and take our chances when they come."

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