Nottingham Forest suffered a setback in their race to win promotion to the Premier League on Saturday.

Speaking to Birmingham Live, Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet has stated that Nottingham Forest proved to be tough opponents and that they are ‘a very difficult team to play against’.

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Birmingham recorded a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday at St Andrew’s. Despite Sabri Lamouchi’s side dropping valuable points in their race for promotion, the Reds fans will love what Clotet had to say after the game.

“It was the game we expected because we know Forest are a very difficult team to play against because they defend very well,” Clotet told Birmingham Live.

“Every little mistake that you make they look to hurt you so you need to be good in defensive transition and make sure that you are never in a position if you lose the ball that you are vulnerable.”

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‘Very difficult team to play’

In the game itself, it seemed like it was going to be a typical away performance from the Reds. Tiago Silva had given them the lead 18 minutes into the game. But a penalty miss from Lewis Grabban in the first-half changed the game.

Scott Hogan equalised for the Blues just minutes later. Kristian Pedersen then netted the winning goal in the second-half.

As a result, the East Midlands outfit dropped to fourth place after Fulham recorded three points at home to Huddersfield Town. The Reds are now five points off the automatic promotion places.

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Nonetheless, it’s been a tough 20 or so years for Forest, but since Lamouchi’s arrival in the summer, they have perhaps had the biggest belief that they can return to the promised land since Billy Davies was at the club.

But whilst Lamouchi has been doing a great job at the City Ground, there has, unfortunately, been one frustrating habit of conceding goals at key moments in games.

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