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Nottingham Forest: Steve Cooper disappointed by lack of desire in latest drubbing

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BBC Radio Nottingham presenter and commentator David Jackson has shared just how disappointed Steve Cooper was with Nottingham Forest’s display this weekend.

Forest fell to a heavy 5-0 defeat in the Premier League on Sunday, with the east Midlanders falling behind after five minutes, but managed to go in at the break behind by just the narrowest of margins.

However, they capitulated in the second period, conceding three goals in eight minutes.

Jackson has now shared that Cooper was left angered by his side’s second-half display. 

Speaking on the Garibaldi Red podcast, he said:

“He seemed quite annoyed, frustrated, quite angry with what he’d witnessed – particularly in the second half.

“He said there hadn’t been a competitive element in that second half in particular, and I think he was surprised by it.

“I said to him it seems odd that you’ve been able to do that for weeks and you do it for Liverpool, but then they’re not quite up for the league leaders away.”

“He wasn’t in the best of moods, I’ve got to be honest, and what you often get from managers when you speak to them after games like that is that they’re quite single-minded in the message that they want to get out.

“No matter what question you ask, every answer comes back to the same point, so you know they’ve got this one thing in their mind that’s clearly annoying them – and that was the phrase of the ‘competitive element’ – that kept coming up.”

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The City Ground club remain at the foot of the Premier League table with just two games to go before the World Cup break.

It was the side’s eighth defeat of the season and the manager will certainly be hoping for an improved display when they welcome Brentford on Saturday.

With Ivan Toney suspended, it could be a great opportunity for relegation-threatened Forest to pick up a much-needed victory.

However, they will need to be in the right frame of mind and back to the potential they showed against Liverpool, and there is no doubt Cooper will be demanding more from his team following Sunday’s collapse.

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