Nottingham Forest went into battle against Chelsea earlier this afternoon as we headed to Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup third round tie.
It was a strong lineup from manager Aitor Karanka and it’s not like Chelsea overly weakened their side with the names on display at the start of the game, but anything can happen in Cup competitions and Forest fans had their fingers crossed.
There were positives to take I think from the overall performance, but this is where the FA Cup dream ends for Forest fans in the season of 2018/19 as we were pretty comfortably beaten 2-0 on the day and with a missed penalty on top, the scoreline could’ve been slightly greater given their overall chances.
???? "Today is a day to take the good things, to know that we have a committed team on the pitch.”#NFFC manager @Karanka was pleased with his side’s committed display despite their @EmiratesFACup exit against @ChelseaFC.https://t.co/08GhTKTiLB
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 5, 2019
It just wasn’t to be this time around and Chelsea were in good form and good value for their win.
Speaking to the BBC following the final whistle, the gaffer said of the game.
“They were too good but the main thing for me was, when we were losing 2-0, we played like we normally would and we tried to press them high. We tried to play but Chelsea are a very good side. It was difficult because it was the fifth game in two weeks and most of the players have played all of those games, so you can imagine how tired they are, and not just physically. I tried to change something tactically in the second half and we started to play, but the goal made it even more difficult. It is a day to take the good things, to know that we have a committed team on the pitch.”