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Solbakken makes the counter argument.

NINE times in nine home games Stale Solbakken has seen his team take the lead.

But on only three occasions has the Norwegian seen them go on to clinch the three points.

And yet Solbakken is not as perturbed by that statistic as you might expect.

"Not being able to hold on to a lead is one thing but it's more than that," he said.

"What disappoints me is that mostly all the (Forest) chances and the two goals were counterattacks, which is very unnecessary from us.

"We controlled it and then one ball through and it's 1-1 and then we get a little bit scared before we get back into it and have a few chances to get in front.

"In the last ten minutes of the first half especially we could have got a goal.

"We tried to push on again at the start of the second half but then concede from another counter-attack.

"The goals against were very poor and unnecessary.

"The first one in particular was a very cheap goal.

"They were good defending their box and sat deep and made it difficult for us.

"It was a lot tighter in the second half and once they got in front they defended their lead well. We were just not good enough to open them up.

"We did play some nice stuff in the offensive in the first half but we didn't have the balance right and were punished for it.

"We were a little bit naive in allowing them so many counterattacks - if Nottingham Forest had maybe five chances I think four of them were counterattacks and that is not good enough."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 26, 2012
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