Nottingham Forest winger Sammy Ameobi said the slow start proved costly in yesterday’s defeat against Cardiff City.
The Reds were punished for a lacklustre first 45 minutes, with Kieffer Moore scoring twice, and despite an improvement in the second half, Ameobi knows that The Reds must start playing from the first whistle.
Speaking after the match, he said: “We didn’t start in the right way. We weren’t aggressive enough, strong enough and they punished us. I guess it was 45 minutes too late when we came out from the second half, it is not enough and we need to do that from the off.
“We need that confidence from the off, it is like we are waiting for something to happen. We need to go from the very beginning, everybody, and it almost took 45 minutes for us to get that kick we needed to get going but it is too late. We need to learn from this and learn quickly and start playing from the very first minute.
“When you look at the squad and the team, you can see the quality that is in there but that doesn’t matter if we are not confident and people don’t want to get on the ball to make something happen for this team.
“Hopefully we can start to learn form that, grow in confidence and use the quality we have to get three points.”
The defeat meant it was two losses to start the new season but Ameobi said there is still a long way to go and all focus now turns to putting it right at Huddersfield on Friday night.
He said: “There are 44 games to go, it is just the very beginning and we need to grow in confidence and get off the mark as quickly as possible so we can gain some momentum.
“It is a shame that there is no midweek game so that we can put it right. We just have to prepare properly this week and hopefully come out next week at Huddersfield ready to go.”