Forest boss Lamouchi needs ‘more character’ after Middlesbrough draw

Date published: Wednesday 11th December 2019 12:50 - Harry McMullen

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has called on his players to show ‘more character’ after another disappointing draw in the league, this time at home to struggling Middlesbrough. 

Forest had the lion’s share of the play with 63% of the possession at the City Ground but were unable to take all three points despite leading in the second half.

Ryan Yates headed Forest in front just after the hour mark, before a Paddy McNair penalty put the visitors back on level terms with less than 10 minutes to go.

The draw leaves the Lamouchi’s men winless in three, notching up only one win in five outings in the league.

If results go against them in tonight’s fixtures Forest could find themselves outside of the Championship playoff spots.

Lamouchi said he was desperate for Forest to turn their possession into goals, urging his strikers to be more clinical in front of goal.

He said: “We need more character, particularly when we play at home, because the game was in our hands.

“I am disappointed, because we controlled the game until the goal. We played well in the first half – we created a lot.

“When we went ahead, we dropped back 20 yards. Maybe we were afraid to win. But we must play for the second goal, to close off the game.”

Lamouchi expressed his concerns at the amount of late goals that his side have been conceding in important games.



He added: “We conceded the goal in injury time at Millwall, we conceded this goal tonight – these are a lot of points.

“These are the details that matter. These are the important numbers.

“We need to find a solution. We must keep going; we must be positive. I am upset, like the players – because we lost two points tonight.”

Forest host fellow promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend before a trip to Huddersfield.


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