Date: 9th November 2015 at 11:43am
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Head coach Paul Clement and Stephen Warnock have both spoken of their disappointment at the defeat to Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Video – Nottingham Forest Highlights

Losing Friday night’s televised derby one nil, Clement told the Official Site that he had obviously been disappointed to not pick up another win as we head into November’s international break now but he had to put things in perspective because it was only our second league defeat of the year so far.

‘I think we have to be disappointed with our performance. We didn`t want the run to end against our arch rivals or our supporters to go away from this game with a bad feeling. We have to take the positives that we`ve been on a terrific run taking 13 points from a possible 18 and we are in a good position in the league. I didn`t think we played very well tonight; we were either doing things that were too difficult or having too many touches on the ball. A lot of our good results have come from a real presence of unity in the team, people understanding their roles and playing simple but tonight the decision making was not very good. We could say that tonight was due to the way the opposition defended, putting a lot of intensity into the game, but there have been other games where teams have put a lot of intensity.’

Clement went on to say that obviously our form and results have been good of late, but you don’t always get things your own way and results will go against us when we’re not at our best, it’s just doubly disappointing because of the derby element of the game that it was this one that got away from us.

‘Clearly we`ve come to a big game as it is our local rivals and we want to do better. There wasn`t a lack of effort but it was just the choices that were being made, particularly offensively, that let us down.’

With a fortnight break now before hosting Cardiff City at the iPro, Clement ended his interview by saying that we again need to show a positive response when football returns.

‘We`ve been in this position before where we lost against Leeds United going into the international break back in August. We`re in a good position in the table and the good thing that we are pushing and in the mix, now we have to put things right for the home fixture against Cardiff. We`ve got a good group of players training during the course of the international break- all of which will be looking to improve and make the most of the two weeks on offer.’

As for Warnock, in his own interview he admitted the performance wasn’t as could be expected given how we’ve played recent games and he knew that counted against us on the day.

Obviously losing our ten game unbeaten run was also a source of disappointment.

‘We spoke before the game about coming here, getting the three points and coming away top of the league would be a great way to end the night and a great way to end this part of the season going into the international break. All the lads were very disappointed in the changing room because we felt like we were more than capable of coming here and getting a result, but it wasn`t to be. The early goal gave the crowd a lift and one of the other things that we spoke about was keeping them quiet for 10 minutes or so.’

Saying that we wanted to quieten the crowd and take that sting from the match, as we then built our way into the game, the early goal he said was a ‘sucker punch’ to our plans and unfortunately it gave them a great lift in the game and something to cling onto that they successfully managed with us not being at our best.

‘We just didn`t show our quality tonight. We know we are good enough and we know we have got players within our squad capable of creating things out of nothing. We tried to get them on the ball to make that happen. We snatched at things that came our way, chances that we would usually do a lot better with, but that`s something that we will learn from. It`s a good experience for the players that haven`t played in the game before and a chance for them to understand what it is all about.’

With the international break now, Warnock admitted the best thing after the defeat would’ve been to have another quick match, but it’s not to be so we have to remain focused, work hard, and be ready to hit the ground running against Cardiff in a few weeks now instead.

‘It`s always frustrating when you lose to your local rivals. Even if you come away from the away game with a draw you can come away with a degree of satisfaction. We are all very disappointed to get beat here. You don`t want to lose to your local rivals. We wanted to come here, impose ourselves, get the win and climb to the top of the league, but we haven`t been able to do that. After games like this, you want to play as soon as you can. It`s frustrating that we have got to wait, but it will give us chance to have a break and reassess how we have done over the past couple of months.’

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