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Lamouchi on 'unacceptable' defeat

19 September 2020

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi gave an honest assessment of the loss against Cardiff City, saying The Reds need to ‘wake up’ after consecutive defeats.

Kieffer Moore’s two first-half goals were the difference at The City Ground as Forest failed to get going in the first 45 minutes. There was an improved second half display but it wasn’t enough as The Reds succumbed to their second defeat of the season.

Speaking after the game, Lamouchi said: “We started the game in absolutely the wrong way. It is unacceptable to start like that, winning no duels, we conceded the goal in the first corner and we know the quality of this team.

“We worked all week on long throw ins, second balls, corners and we missed the marking and it is unacceptable. We conceded the first goal after the first corner and we conceded the second goal after the first throw in.

“The second half was much better because we didn’t play in the first half. Grabbs can score after 1-0, then at 1-1 maybe the game would have been different. We have to do more, we have to be more solid, strong, it is so easy for the opponent and we have to find the solution to get out of this difficult situation.”

He added: “I have been speaking to the staff since the beginning of the season and maybe some players are still thinking about the end of the last season. It is a new season with different problems and we have enough quality and players to get out of this situation.

“We need to show them what we did in the second half and that we can’t accept the first half of the game. We need to show them the game and the mistakes, as we made the mistakes again.

“The season has started, we need to wake up and do our jobs and to do better. It is just the second game but we have lost six points and we cannot accept that.”

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