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"Poor at both ends of the pitch"

29 November 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton was upset with his side's efforts at both ends of the pitch in this afternoon's 1-0 home defeat to Swansea City.

The Reds conceded a poor goal just before half-time which cost them a chance of getting anything out of the game and Hughton was disappointed and frustrated with the manner in which his side were beaten at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game, he said: "A very disappointing afternoon. I certainly don't think we should have lost that game on the balance of play but credit to Swansea because they managed the game very well after the goal and they defended very well when they had to. It's a similar story for us where we've had good periods of possession in the final third but we have to be able to capitalise on those periods and we're not doing that at the moment.

"I'm not going to accuse the team of not working hard enough because I certainly thought we did but we're not making good enough decisions and we're not showing that level of quality once we're in the final third. The goal is a poor goal to concede and at the moment, those fine balances are going us because we're not able to score goals at the other end to alleviate the pressure.

"Everyone would say exactly the same that defensively we should have done much better for their goal but at the other end we haven't been creating enough clear chances. Against a good team like Swansea you're not going to get many clear-cut chances and that's why I'm disappointed that we didn't take the ones that came along for us.

"I'm happy with the way we moved the ball and the areas that we got ourselves into but of course I'm not happy with our efforts at both ends of the pitch. I'm very frustrated because we are conceding poor goals at one end and not creating enough clear chances at the other end but it's my responsibility to come out here on Wednesday night and show the qualities that we have.

"After a decent first seven games for myself, we've now gone into a really disappointing three-game period and what we have to do is get ourselves out of this period as quickly as possible and that has to start on Wednesday."

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