Derby County manager Philip Cocu has said to the club’s official website that he feels it was harsh on his side that they lost to vicious rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis Grabban scored the only goal of the game on Saturday afternoon as Nottingham Forest earned bragging rights over Derby County, winning 1-0 at the City Ground. The Rams pushed to try and get themselves back in the game but they were unable to do so.

Now, manager Philip Cocu has been speaking about the defeat, saying that he thinks it is harsh on his side that they lost, adding that he was left to rue his side’s inability to find a goal to get them back in the tie. He said:

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“The boys did well in their performance and I feel a defeat is harsh. We started well, especially in the first half we played good football and they didn’t have an answer. Defensively we were strong, it is just a pity we lost Matt Clarke earl on due to injury. We had to get Krystian Bielik from his midfield position, but I think we did well.

“We played good football, there was a great chance on goal for Tom Lawrence but their goalkeeper made the save. I cannot be satisfied with the first ten minutes of the second-half. We didn’t play, we went back and we couldn’t get out of our 18-yard box.

“That was not a good period, but we did not concede a goal so we were still in the game. An individual mistake by Jayden, in the end, cost us the game. We tried everything to get the equaliser and we were close. We just didn’t have the luck to score.”


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