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27th Dec, 2016 | 1:01pm

Nottingham Forest defender delivers verdict on Huddersfield defeat

By Matt Farr

Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs has revealed his frustration at his side’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Monday.

Forest went ahead thanks to Hildeberto Pereira’s deft chip, but they were pegged-back by two second-half own goals from Vladimir Stojkovic and Michael Mancienne in what was an unfortunate day for the away side.

Stojkovic was particularly unlucky, with Kasey Palmer’s header finding the back of the net via the crossbar, and then bouncing off the Forest stopper.

Hobbs, who made his first appearance of the season in the defeat, spoke of his frustration at the manner of the defeat, admitting that his side had defended very well.

He told the club’s official website: “We came up against a very good Huddersfield side who are probably one of the best in the league at the possession and passing side, but I thought we defended really well and held a good shape from the front to the back.

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“In possession we could have been a lot better and gave the ball away too easily which is probably credit to Huddersfield who pressed us well. That said, we are just frustrated to concede two own goals to lose the game.

“I can’t remember them having too many opportunities and it is just frustrating as we were close to getting one or three points there.”

The return of Hobbs, meanwhile, will be crucial as Philippe Montanier’s side look to turn around their season in the new year. The 28-year-old defender had been sidelined since the start of the campaign with a series of injuries.

The defeat continues Nottingham Forest’s barren run of four games without a win, and leaves them in 17th place in the Championship.

They are now just six points clear of the relegation zone, and could slip further into trouble if they fail to pick up any points against high-flying Newcastle on Friday.

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