Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed that football is cruel after Nottingham Forest lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup. He’s also advised Philip Zinckernagel on what he should have done when presented with his gilt-edged chance.

The Reds should have taken the lead just two minutes before Diogo Jota did score. He did everything right to meet Brennan Johnson’s cross but fired wide when it seemed easier to score.

Forest went on to lose the game but they earned plenty of new admirers in the process. Forest had not reached the quarter-final since 1996 prior to Sunday and this season’s FA Cup campaign has been memorable.

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Wright had been speaking to the Ringer FC podcast about the game. He clearly felt sorry for Zinckernagel and offered the player some advice going forwards.

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He said: “The chance that Zinckernagel had when the ball came across the box, I can never understand as someone who’s in a position to score like that why they chose the most difficult.

“If it’s coming to you and across your first foot and you just sweep it in, you at least get it on target. Then what happens is, he misses, they go down the other end and score. You just think to yourself, ‘wow, this game is so cruel’.

“It was his time, his moment.”

Fans shouldn’t be too harsh on Forest loanee Zinckernagel

The Reds fan base were naturally disappointed to go out of the competition in such a fashion. In hindsight, it might have been an easier defeat to swallow had Forest been thrashed by Liverpool instead.

The 25-year-old has come up for trumps more often than not this season. Since checking in from Watford on loan, he’s scored five goals and registered nine assists for the Reds.

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He was brilliant in the game against Leicester in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Zinckernagel has also produced the good on certain occasions in the league this season.

Ultimately, his inconsistencies are the reason that Watford loaned Zinckernagel to Forest in the first place. The challenge for the attacking midfielder is to park Sunday’s miss and quickly recover to continue helping Forest.

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