Mark: one mistake cost us
Mark Robins told htafc.com that he and his side have plenty to work on following their opening day defeat at Forest.
An impressive defensive display was let down by one lapse in concentration that allowed Henri Lansbury to score the winner.
“We were OK, but there is a lot to work with,” said Mark.
“We weren’t quite there when we had the ball. We managed to frustrate a really good Nottingham Forest team; there won’t be many teams who get something from the City Ground this season.
“I am disappointed that we haven’t come away with something.”
At half-time, Town had contained Billy Davies’ men expertly and created a few openings.
“We were excellent in the first half. We nullified their threat and created chances of our own. I wanted us to pass it more in the second half, which we failed. They pressed us very well and made it difficult for us.
“We have to be brighter. We worked hard, but need to be better with the ball.”
Forest didn’t have to work hard to open up Town for their goal, which came after James Vaughan had forced Karl Darlow into a fine save.
“It was a soft goal to concede,” added Mark. “Their full-back has picked the ball up and we had three people who could have done something about him, but none of them did. One lapse in concentration has cost us the game.”
Jonathan Hogg was arguably Town’s best player and Mark agreed.
“I thought Jonathan was excellent; he kept the ball well and broke things up all over the pitch. Cristian (Lopez) needs to find his feet a little bit more, but he is capable.”
Town is next in action on Tuesday night and shouldn’t carry any injury worries into the game.
“James Vaughan was winded and Oscar Gobern took a knock to his hip, but they should be fine.”