In the aftermath of Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 defeat to Luton Town, manager Chris Hughton expressed his frustration at his side’s inability to take chances.
Ryan Tunnicliffe’s strike sealed the game for the visitors, but Forest could – and should – have been out of sight before that goal went in.
Glenn Murray had the pick of the chances, planting a free header straight at Simon Sluga and then inexplicably missing from inside the six yard box.
Forest had to pay for those missed chances and Hughton couldn’t hide his frustration and disappointment at the full time whistle.
“It was frustrating because we were very good first half,” Hughton said to the Forest website. “We started the game well and had some really good chances.
“Of course, if you go through a period of the game, particularly early on, when you don’t take those chances you know the opposition are going to have some.
“It is a poor goal to concede and I would rather be here talking about conceding that goal but having scored three or four goals in our best period.
“When you don’t, you have to talk about the goal you conceded and in the end, you come away from the game when you should have won and it finishes 0-0 and you have got something out of the game.
“We are really disappointed with the goal that we conceded, but probably more disappointed that we haven’t been able to take the chances that would have put us in a more comfortable position.”
Scoring goals when Forest have been on top has been an issue recently – notably in the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City and the 1-1 draw with Derby County.
For both encounters, Forest were the better side for most of the game, but in both games they couldn’t turn their dominance into goals and ended up getting stung as a result.
The worry for Forest fans is that with a challenging upcoming set of fixtures, if Forest aren’t taking chances handed to them on a plate, they could well get sucked back into that relegation battle they’ve fought so hard to edge away from.
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