Date: 4th April 2016 at 11:08am
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Caretaker head coach Paul Williams has said he was gutted for the fans following Nottingham Forests defeat to Brentford at the weekend.

Welcoming the side to the City Ground for the game, and having called for desire ahead of the match, Forest went down three nil on the day and Williams knew at the full time whistle all he could really do was apologise to the fans for the overall performance.

With Henri Lansbury returning to contention following three months out and Britt Assombaloga hopefully not far behind, there was some hope that the season would spark into life again after recent lulls and disappointments but Forest now find themselves only nine points clear of the relegation places and of course avoiding relegation was the driver behind Dougie Freedman being shown the door.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site in his post game press conference, a disappointed Williams explained that he hadn’t seen a performance and result like that coming, and with us being reduced to ten men with Eric Lichaj sent off for two bookable offences we didn’t exact help ourselves either.

‘Unbelievable – I never saw that coming. I was looking forward to coming here and watching the lads play as the home team. I`m gutted for the fans – really disappointed. Their reaction to the players today is valid. Going into the game, I think preparation has been really, really good. But when they go out there for a home game, it`s down to the players isn`t it? We were just second best all day long. I`ll go and have a look at myself and think about whether the preparation was too much for them.’

With a midweek trip to Reading next up on the cards for Forest, Williams also explained that he was waiting for news on the extent of the injury picked up by Michael Mancienne and also it looked like Jack Hobbs would now miss the rest of the season with a back problem he’s picked up.

‘It`s my job now to get them ready for Tuesday. We`ve got to dust ourselves down and I`m looking for a reaction on Tuesday night, because the fans deserve one. The players have got to step up now – that`s it. We`re all big enough and old enough. This is football. I need men in football games.’

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