Forest boss Cooper ‘really disappointed’ after West Ham defeat

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper was left floored after defeat at West Ham.

The Hammers won 3-2 with Tomas Soucek scoring an 88th minute winner.

Cooper later said: “I’m disappointed, really disappointed. Not even to draw the game but not to win it because it’s a game we could have easily won but we haven’t won it. We’ve lost the game on our own actions and when you think about that, you can’t look past the goals which is an obvious things to say.

“We gifted them the first goal right at the start of the game through a lack of concentration and then the second goal we obviously do brilliantly to go 2-1 up and we concede a corner within three or four seconds of kick-off through not winning duels and concentration. We let people go and they equalise and then the third goal we have a throw-in more or less in the middle of the pitch and three or four seconds later there’s another corner we have to defend and people don’t make who they should and then there’s a free header and a goal so for all the things that went on in the game, we can’t look past our poor moments around the goals.”

On whether lack of concentration was responsible for the goals conceded, Cooper added: “Desire definitely on the set-plays. Concentration of course and just a will at the moment in time to do better than what we did. It’s a really pity because after gifting them a goal we then do well to come back into the game, 1-1, we should go 2-1 up at the start of the second half. Probably one of the best chances of the game, certainly from open play and then we do go 2-1 up after a brilliant team goal so to say we and I are frustrated is an understatement.”

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