Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was left with mixed emotions after his team’s 3-2 defeat at Brentford.
The Portuguese was proud of the Reds’ effort and applauded goals from Danilo and Chris Wood. But he was also far from happy with two of the hosts’ three goals.
Ivan Toney levelled in the first half after he had moved the ball into a more advantageous position for a free-kick, while Neal Maupay’s winner was checked by VAR for a potential handball. Below is a look at what Nuno had to say after the final whistle.
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On the game…
“It was a good performance. We played well.
“The boys were organised, we scored and had good momentum. The attitude was excellent, with fighting spirit and togetherness. Two nights ago we played in the FA Cup and had extra-time with the same players.
“But mistakes dictate the result. The result is frustrating, but the performance was good.
I think we played well. We must be proud of the way we did things, even though we lost the game. We are short of offensive options.
“Thank you to our fans for coming here and supporting us in the way they did. We are sad but we go back to Nottingham with our heads high because we know we will improve.”
On Danilo’s goal…
“It was a very good goal. Two games, two goals.”
On Chris Wood scoring…
“He is playing well, not only with the goal but also the way he helps the team. He is doing fantastic for us. I hope that continues.”
On Toney’s free-kick…
“It was ball displacement. The law is clear, every goal must be checked and every situation that leads to a goal must be checked. I don’t know whether they checked, but it is ball displacement.
“I was also surprised the players didn’t complain about it. I think we have to be a little bit more mature in that situation, because it changes the position of the wall and then it is a soft ball. Everyone in the stands thinks it is a mistake of the wall with its position, but it was a clear ball displacement – not only inches, it is a yard almost.”
On why the wall didn’t move when Toney moved the ball…
“It seems to me our players didn’t realise that. It’s our responsibility also. If there is a ball displacement, if any of our players see it they should stay in front of the ball and take a word to the referee.
“But speaking about referees, there’s a lot of referees inside the pitch plus VAR that saw that. Maybe they should help the referee on that aspect. But it’s so confused, no?”
On the winner…
“It’s a handball, no? They showed the image on the screen and everyone in the stadium saw it. When they showed it, I was convinced it was a handball and then I was surprised by the decision.
“In the stadium, from where I stood it looked like a handball. But the situation is different, because VAR looked at it and checked properly. And then I must trust that the decision is OK. It is different to the first one.”