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Lamouchi on Fulham defeat

7 July 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi bemoaned his side’s performance as they lost out 1-0 to Fulham at The City Ground.

Harry Arter’s strike on the stroke of half-time was the difference between the two sides and Lamouchi felt it was a poor game of football overall which should have ended in a draw.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was very disappointing. In two days we took two goals in the worst moments. At Derby in the last seconds and tonight in the worst moment just before half time.

“It was not a good game for both teams to be honest, the draw was probably fairer. It was not a good game, the two teams did not play like usual.

“Fulham shot only one time on target and they didn’t create a lot but they won so congratulations to them.

“We have to keep going, we need to have a rest now and think about the next one because we need to get the points to save our place in the table.

“Many clubs will face problems. They will lose players, they will lose points at home and away, and the situation is the same as before. We do not have time to complain like after a victory we do not have time to enjoy it. We have to analyse, take time, rest and think about the next one.”

Arter’s goal was a well-taken finish but was controversially given after he appeared to control the ball with his hand before striking into the top corner, a decision that Lamouchi was frustrated with but knows that his side have to keep going.

He said: “Logically, with this performance from both teams the game will finish 0-0 and it will be one point, but we need to learn about all situations.

“I don’t need to see a replay of the goal, it was in front of me. He touched the ball with his hand and with VAR it would be a foul, but it is not available and it is bad luck. We had bad luck two days ago and bad luck today.

“We need to stop, have a rest and refresh our mind and our body physically and look at the next one.”

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