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Hughton angered by cup exit

23 January 2021

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton was unhappy with his side's first-half display in this afternoon's 5-1 defeat at Swansea City.

The Reds were knocked out of the competition at the fourth-round stage on a chastening afternoon at the Liberty Stadium and Hughton was left to rue his side's poor first-half performance as well as a controversial penalty decision from referee Kevin Friend in the second half.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a very disappointing afternoon for us. We conceded a very poor first goal which gave them the impetus they needed and we were simply not good enough in that first half. It took until the second half for us to change the way we played and change the attitude and then we were in the game. At 2-1 we were right in the contest and I felt like we could really push on from there.

"I thought it was an awful decision for the penalty from the referee and it changed the mood of the game. We weren't good enough from that point onwards to recover from that disappointment and turn the game around in our favour. I've seen replays from all different angles of the penalty decision and there's not one where I thought it was a penalty and in fact, a lot of us were expecting the lad to be booked for simulation.

"We were up against a side who were in confident mood because of where they are in the league and I thought we should have worked much harder in the first half. We found it difficult to get out at times but we should have stopped them playing as much as they did and I just felt we needed much more energy from the team in that first half.

"If you're away from home against a confident side and you don't think you can be as good as them as a footballing side, then you have to work hard to nullify them and we didn't do that. It's about the fundamentals in a game like this and if you don't do them right, you concede goals like we did and then you get punished.

"The most important thing for us at the moment is that it doesn't affect our league matches moving forwards. Today we wanted to progress to the next round of the FA Cup but we never gave ourselves the opportunity to do that and now we have to make sure that we bounce back at home next weekend."

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