No excuses from Warburton for Forest’s no-show against Leeds United

Mark Warburton.
Mark Warburton.
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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton felt there were no excuses for his side’s flat display in their 2-0 defeat to Leeds United.

Thomas Christiansen’s men delivered a tactical master-class as Leeds stifled the Reds on home turf, barely allowing them a sniff of goal.

Samuel Saiz gets away from Liam Bridcutt.

Samuel Saiz gets away from Liam Bridcutt.

And at the other end a 24th-minute header from Kemar Roofe and a crisp finish three minutes from time from Ezgjan Alioski earned the visitors a deserved three points.

Felix Wiedwald barely had a save to make in the Leeds goal as Forest saw their positive start to the campaign brought to a juddering halt, Leeds finishing the day in third place in the Championship table.

“No excuses, it was an off day. We talk about positives, but there were no positives today,” said Warburton.

“We were below par all over the pitch, we were loose and we were sloppy.

Pontus Jansson congratulates Kalvin Phillips at the final whistle.

Pontus Jansson congratulates Kalvin Phillips at the final whistle.

“We lacked intensity and looked heavy-legged. There is no excuse for that, because we had lots of fresh legs today.

“It surprised me, because we have been in good shape. We have got better and better with every game.

“Last week we beat Middlesbrough then we obviously won at St James’ Park in midweek when we were very, very good, we had quality and incisiveness.

“It shocked me today. But it is a group thing – we win together and we lose together.

“Today, as a group, we were below par. I don’t think we deserved to win a game of football today.”

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