Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton was torn between his glass being half full or half empty after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea City.

Connor Robert’s 87th minute winner came completely against the run of play as Forest had dominated proceedings against their South Wales opponents, but left with nothing to show for their efforts.

And while Hughton was pleased with how his team performed, he was less than impressed with the manner in which they conceded.

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SWANSEA, WALES – FEBRUARY 17: Chris Hughton Manager of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

“I’m really delighted with the performance but hugely disappointed with the result,” Hughton said to BBC Sport.

“The performance shows as a team we are getting closer, but if you look at the last two games, we’ve had one draw and lost the other. 

“That’s the difference between us and Swansea. I’m sure they would admit we were the better side and they did not play as well as they could, but they came away with the three points. We need to be more clinical. 

“Even though I thought we were the better side we still had to protect our position and we can’t allow that lapse of concentration.

 

“The players all know it’s a game we should have not only not have lost, but won.”

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SWANSEA, WALES FEBRUARY 17: Chris Hughton Manager of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Swansea’s goal came after Jake Bidwell’s cross found Roberts in the box and it was the only time in the game Forest’s defensive shape came undone.

Fans felt that Cyrus Christie should’ve done more to close down the cross, but equally, the defending after that was shambolic.

Due to a positioning mishap, Yuri Ribeiro ended up operating as a centre back and didn’t really contest Roberts, who was freely allowed to head home.

Forest’s next match is a home game against Blackburn Rovers.

What can Chris Hughton do to prevent these lapses of concentration?

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