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Sabri on cup exit at Barnsley

5 September 2020

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi was left disappointed that his side started the 2020-21 season with a defeat.

The Reds exited the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 loss at Barnsley and Lamouchi is looking for more from his side when the league season gets underway next weekend.

Speaking after the game, he said: “We started well, not so bad but unfortunately we didn’t create too much and we conceded a goal after many bounces in the box. It is the small details again but it is not positive to start like that.

“Obviously we are not ready after just three weeks, it is not good to start the season like that but with some changes, we need to absolutely not accept the defeat, change the mentality and fight to the end and to try to play a little bit more.

“We should play before in the first half with some situations, but under pressure we never found the right players at the right time in the right place.

“But Barnsley changed a lot from the last season, they have done a good job and are a good team. At the end, I was thinking with fresh players we could create more but it was not the case unfortunately.”

Lamouchi handed debuts to Fouad Bachirou and Tyler Blackett from the start, with Lyle Taylor and Luke Freeman making their bows from the bench, while academy graduate Jordan Gabriel made his full debut for the club.

The Forest boss was pleased with their performances but feels that his side have work to do to be physically ready for the next match against QPR.

He said: “For me, nobody was 100 per cent ready. The two centre backs, Tobias and Blackett, played well but it was not enough. For the others, we need to work on that and be ready for the next one.

“For his [Jordan Gabriel’s] first performance, it was a decent performance. There were one or two mistakes in the second half but the first half was more or less perfect. He could have started with a goal immediately after the kick-off, it is positive.

“It is not good preparation for the beginning of the season, but QPR is not easy to go there but we will go to try and disturb them, a little more than we did today against Barnsley.

“We need to adapt and not complain now. It is the same for everybody, we prepare the team to be ready today but after three weeks is not enough, with the new players it is not enough. Some of the players are not physically ready, so we need a little but more time. Next week will be the beginning of the league so we need to do more.”

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