Thomas Frank: ‘Nottingham Forest are in a bad spell now’

Sun 13 December 2020 | 11:24

Thomas Frank believes Chris Hughton could help his side climb away from the threat of relegation.



Thomas Frank

, believes

Chris Hughton

could turn things around for

Nottingham Forest

if they ‘hang in there.’

Nottingham Forest are outside the


bottom three, just on goal difference after their seventh draw.

“It was a big win for us because Nottingham Forest are way better than where they are in the table,” Frank said.

“I am 100% sure that Chris Hughton, his staff and the players at Forest will turn this around.

“I know they are in a bad spell now, but I know what I’m speaking about through experience.

“Two years ago I went through the same thing when we really struggled. But if they hang in there, they will turn this around.”

Brentford almost dominated the first half in which Henrik Dalsgaard scored the opener in the 15th-minute.

Frank was impressed with his side’s first-half performance but he admitted that they 'should have been ahead by more than one.’

“We played a very good first half and should have been ahead by more than one. But in the second half, until we scored the second goal, we struggled. Nottingham Forest did well.

“But we had a top mentality, hard work, and a unique togetherness. That helped us to hang in there. Then we scored a top goal on the counter-attack and we made it 2-0.

“Credit to Forest, the game became too open in the second half. But we worked very hard. They did not have too many clear chances, but they did have dangerous situations.

“Coming here and winning 3-1 is a big result.”

Hughton did not hide his frustration and expressed his disappointment.

“It’s hugely disappointing and it’s probably the most disappointed I’ve been during this run of games,” Hughton said.

“I wanted us to start the game better than we did. We can’t afford to give these teams a leg-up and we’ve conceded three really poor goals and not taken our own chances at the other end.

“Brentford showed us why they are where they are because it wasn’t one of their better performances. But they’ve capitalized on the mistakes that we made. You cannot afford to concede a poor goal to put them in front as we did.

“These aren’t structural or formational problems, these are individual mistakes that are costing us because at the moment we don’t have the ability at the other end to capitalize on the good positions that we’re getting ourselves into.

“The two things that I continue to speak about is that we are conceding poor goals and not taking our chances at the other end.

“I thought the decision to rule Anthony’s (Knockaert) goal out was harsh. I think there will be numerous goals scored up and down the country that will be exactly the same that wouldn’t have been disallowed.

“I was also disappointed with the sending off because Anthony says he got a touch from the lad’s arm.”

source: SportMob

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