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Close but not enough

20 June 2020

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi says his side must keep their concentration for the entire match after they conceded a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Reds played well on their return to action, with Joe Lolley’s goal looking like giving them a vital three points but Connor Wickham’s header in injury time ensured a share of the spoils.

Lamouchi said the team was a bit down after the late leveller but he was pleased overall with their efforts.

Speaking after the match, he said: “We were close to a perfect start, but not enough to keep this result; unfortunately we gave them more chances at the end. We are a little bit disappointed for the boys because it was not easy to score here, take the three points and to restart after three months.

“I am upset for them as to finish with this result would have been fantastic, with the draw it is not so bad but now we have to think about the next one.

“The game is finished when the referee gives the last whistle, so we need to keep focused and if we can put the ball out or in the corner, it is the simple things.

“After three months, we know that we are not ready at all. We need some games and of course, the small details were against us a little bit. To take the three points here would have been the perfect operation.”

The performance gives Lamouchi plenty to work on with his side as they aim to get up to speed for the remaining eight matches as the intensity of the division steps up for the run-in.

He said: “Sometimes we need to be more patient and we gave the ball away easily like we hadn’t done before, especially in the first half. We created some chances and physically we were not so bad, but with this result at the end the players are a little bit down.

“But I told them two weeks ago that we are not ready at all, so play simple and don’t take risks. We took some risks and we conceded the goal at the end.

“I think we need three or four games minimum to get up to speed, but after this one we play every three or four days so the rhythm will be crazy not just for us but for all teams.

“We know that the preparation was short but we cannot complain. We are just disappointed for the last few minutes.”

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