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24th Sep, 2017 | 1:07pm

Kieran Dowell shares what Nottingham Forest need to do after Aston Villa defeat

By Harvey Byrne

Nottingham Forest youngster Kieran Dowell has claimed that the club need to be more creative following their weekend defeat against Aston Villa.

The Midlands giants fell to a 2-1 defeat against Steve Bruce’s side with goals from Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane cancelling out an effort from striker Daryl Murphy.

Dowell himself ended up playing the full 90 minutes in the number 10 position with the 19-year-old handed his 15th senior appearance of his so far short professional career.

Now, the youngster, who was tasked with the job of creating chances for his side has told that Nottingham Forest need to find a way to break down teams who are more happy to defend than attack Mark Warburton’s side.

“The first half we were a bit lethargic in our build-up play but at half time we had a talk amongst ourselves and the second half was much better. That was more like us; playing through the thirds and creating chances but we couldn’t get that second goal,” told Dowell, as quoted by the official Nottingham Forest website.

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“We are a good passing team but if the opposition sets up to stop that with two banks of four it is hard to break down. We need to find a way to win and I think we needed more energy in the second half, with a few more runners in behind and that is what we got.

“The second goal was probably the worst possible time it could have been against us; it took the wind out of our sails and they have continued to do what they did all game which was to sit behind the ball.”

Dowell made the switch to the City Ground at the beginning of August from Premier League club Everton until the end of the season.

He has so far impressed at Forest, playing 11 times in all competitions, returning one goal and one assist.

The youngster has also already made three appearances for the Everton senior team and during his time at the Midlands he will be hoping to help Warburton’s Forest side push up the Championship table, who are currently sat in 12th place after their weekend defeat.

In other Nottingham Forest news, a Sky Sports pundit predicted Forest’s clash against Aston Villa.

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