Date: 12th April 2016 at 3:57pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Williams has spoken of the cruel game that football can be following the defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday evening.

Hosting Chris Hughton’s automatic promotion hopefuls at the City Ground for the game, the visitors took the lead just ahead of the half hour mark, but Forest battled back admirably to level matters through Dextor Blackstock in the 50th minute.

The game then played out incredibly tightly with both sides having chances and with the challenges involved, it was certainly a tasty affair.

Sadly though, despite having more possession, and the exact same number of efforts on and off target, the winner went to Brighton in second half stoppage time and Williams was gutted the players didn’t have anything to show for their efforts.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site, he explained in his post game press conference that again he couldn’t ‘fault’ the players, especially their second half performance.

‘Football is being very cruel to us at this minute in time. I think in the first half we showed a bit too much respect to Brighton but second half the players got closer and did the hard miles in the game, and on top of that created chances. In the second half you couldn`t fault them. We created far more chances than we have for a long time but again it`s the same old story.’

With Jamie Ward being substituted in the first half on 42 minutes with what looked like a hamstring pull, Williams confirmed he had to be assessed fully before a determination could be made, but he was again hopeful that Michael Mancienne would return for the Rotherham United game this weekend, although Kelvin Wilson’s return is looking less likely at this stage.

‘It`s hard for the players to take – another blow when on another day we`d have been 3-1 up. But that`s where we are – we`ve got to pick ourselves up and get going for Rotherham on Saturday.’

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