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Forest boss Hughton on needing to ‘solve problems’ after defeat

Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton spoke of needing to “solve problems” in attack after his team’s 1-0 defeat at Watford.

For the second successive game, the Reds were beaten by a single goal as Adam Masina’s first half effort proved to be the difference at Vicarage Road.

Lyle Taylor had a late strike ruled out for offside, but otherwise the visitors failed to register a single effort on target.

Finding the net has long been an issue for Forest, and one Hughton admits needs to be addressed.

“We need to start scoring more goals,” he said. “We have spoken continually about if we are not getting them from the forward areas, they have got to start coming from other areas of the team.


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“That is why I spoke about set-plays and crosses, and from centre midfield as James Garner has done.

“It is about getting on the end of something as the goals have got to come from somewhere.

“We as coaches continue to try to work on the things that we need to be doing better.

“We have a decent shape to the team and there is a good work ethic in the team but it is in the final third.

“Nobody can accuse us of not getting in enough crosses, we probably cross the ball more than any other team in the division, it is about solving problems when we get into that final third and it could be for many of those reasons.”

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The Reds improved in the second half against the Hornets, with the arrival of Joe Lolley and Cafu making a difference from off the bench.

But by then they were already facing an uphill battle.

“We are disappointed, we didn’t start the game as well as I would have liked,” said Hughton.

“We were a little bit loose with our passing in the first half period but it was a game that we grew into.

“What we would have wanted to have done was grown into a game that was still 0-0 and be really pushing to get a grip on the game and take the lead.

“We conceded a poor goal which was disappointing and those are the margins in this game.

“It wasn’t a slow start in terms of intensity, we just didn’t keep the ball as well as we should have done, particularly on a surface as good as we will play on all season.

“I just thought our grip on the game could have been better in the first half, but we were better in the second half with more purpose to our game.

“We were chasing the game and it is not a position that we wanted to be in.

“We had a lot of set-plays, one area of our game we have questioned has been the delivery but I thought our delivery from set-plays was excellent and to not cause a major problem was disappointing.

“Overall our level of performance in the second half was better without causing them too many problems in the final third. That is about the final pass or that bit of quality that we didn’t show today.”

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