Sun 27 December 2020 | 8:57

Chris Hughton believes Forest lacked a will to win against Birmingham

Nottingham Forest boss Hughton expects more creativity from his side after their clean sheet draw against Birmingham.


head coach

Aitor Karanka

earned one point for the drawn match against

Nottingham Forest

. However, he is not pleased that his squad didn’t vanquish 

Chris Hughton

’s side, who have not been beaten in their last three games. Neil Etheridge, Birmingham shot-stopper, has pulled off some impressive saves, coming his way through Tobias Fiqueiredo and Ryan Yates. Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba has also thwarted Ivan Sanchez’s attempt.

Hughton said: “

I am pleased with the fact we kept a clean sheet and they were a side who came here determined not to be beaten after a few difficult results.

“I think we needed to show more when it comes to trying to create chances to win the game. Our two best chances came through Ryan Yates and Tobias Figueiredo.

“There were aspects of our game I was not too pleased with. We needed to be better to win this game.

“We made positive changes off the bench to try to address that. It was not a lack of a will to win. We did not start as well as I would like but we found our energy.

“It is a missed opportunity because we are on the back of two good results, we are playing at home and we needed to build on that. But you need that moment of quality to make the breakthrough and I don’t think we did enough to get that.

“I am pleased we are on a three-match unbeaten run but I am not pleased we did not show more to win the game.

“It is a team responsibility and sometimes you look at a team and think they are not working hard enough. That wasn’t the case here.

“We just made poor decisions in key areas and we did not keep the ball well enough and we made poor choices in key moments


Karanka was satisfied with the point his side gained from the draw and revealed that he had been trying to avoid Forest’s attacking players, who have had impressive backgrounds.

We could have taken all three points but Nottingham Forest have good players; players like Lewis Grabban, Joe Lolley, Anthony Knockaert and one or two others,

” said the Birmingham manager.

I said before the game they are a side that can score goals in any moment. They have threat from set-pieces – they just have good players.

“If you do not score your chances, you have to make sure you do not concede.

“In recent games we have conceded goals when we have made mistakes; we have conceded late goals.

“The main thing was to try to keep a clean sheet and recover our solidity, defensively.

“This result can give the players confidence ahead of our next game. I have said always this group of players trains well – training has been fantastic and it has been a pleasure to see that.

“Every team wants to put some results together and climb the table and we are no different.

“I think every team in the Championship has the same aim. All we can do is think about our next game against Derby on Tuesday.”

source: SportMob

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