Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn has told the Nottingham Post that they must get nastier to make sure they get the win following their 3-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

With the Owls having a poor start to the season, Forest thought they would have the ideal opportunity to get a win to kick off September. They even had to added bonus of being able to do it front of the Sky Sports cameras and show the rest of the league that they mean business this year.

However it would not work out that way. Wednesday would get the lead after early spells of domination thanks to a goal from Gary Hooper, though Osborn did equaliser after making the most of a defensive mistake. In the second half though the South Yorkshire club made sure of the win with goals from Steven Fletcher and Kieran Lee giving them a comfortable victory over Forest.

Following this loss, Osborn has said they must get nastier as a team to avoid conceding soft goals like they did in this match. He said: “We cannot use that as an excuse. I think we all know what we need to do. We just all need to be on our game, rather than having three or four players who are a little bit off it,”

“We need to recognise that when things are not going well, we cannot always do things in the same way, we need to look at seeing if we can play it in behind and stretch teams a little bit more.”

“We need to be a bit more ruthless.”

“We have been discussing which way is best to solve this. A few of the set-pieces we have conceded from have seen goals scored in the second phase, when we have headed it out, but it has been delivered back in.”

“I think it is just about concentration. But we are giving away more set-pieces than we would like to, whether that is cheap free-kicks or corners. If we can avoid them full stop – because we do concede a lot – then it will immediately be a lot easier.”

“We need to stop the problem at source, as a starting point.”

“It is really frustrating. We all need to have a look at ourselves. It is something we need to concentrate on in the coming games, because it is something that is unacceptable.”

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