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Boss Rues Fine Margins

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18:09 9th March 2013

Wolves edged out despite good display

Frustrated boss Dean Saunders was left rueing the result that got away this afternoon as Wolves fell 3-1 to in-form Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
There was little between the two sides during a hard-fought 90 minutes, and after Henri  Lansbury’s first half finish Wolves fully deserved their equaliser via Matt Doherty’s first for the club shortly after the hour mark.
But within two minutes Lansbury had notched an equally clinical second goal, denying Wolves the chance to build on the equaliser, and after Stephen Ward’ late dismissal for a professional foul Lewis McGugan added a third to give the home side their fifth successive win.
“I thought we played well today and it didn’t go our way but we definitely deserved something,” said the boss.
“I know we keep saying it but there was nothing in the game today.
“Forest started the game really well in the first ten minutes and we made some adjustments and got into the game.
“They scored a good goal from the edge of the box and then Sako’s free kick hits the bar which on another day might have gone in.
“Sylvan had a good chance and Dave Edwards as well and overall we created enough to get something out of the game.
“We then go get an equaliser with Doherty getting his first goal with a great header but within a minute they are in front again.
“It was a throw-in for us, Bjorn gave the ball away and Henri Lansbury has shown some class by turning and bending it into the far corner.
“At the time I thought we were going to go on and win because we had been in front before the goal.
“But we never gave ourselves a chance to settle.
“Even after going 2-1 behind we had chances and Doherty slid one across goal and no one could get on the end of it.
“The third goal is immaterial really with us pushing forward.
“We went three at the back, four in midfield and two up front and we just went for it and tried to get as many bodies up there as possible - at the risk of losing another goal and we did.
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game - we just didn’t take our chances and they did.
“Against Millwall on Tuesday we took them and they missed and that is why we won that game.”
The boss had no complaints with Ward’s sending off as he tangled with former Molineux midfielder Greg Halford, but was more concerned with the failure to award a penalty for Gonzalo Jara’s second half push on Sako.
“The red card is a definite red card,” said the boss.
“We were losing 2-1 and were pushing forward with a corner with everybody going forward and they’ve just caught us on the break and Wardy was left with three.
“There was a blatant penalty on Sako in the second half.
“The full back has just pushed him in the back in the box and how the referee doesn’t give that I don’t know.”
The boss made a double switch around the hour mark replacing Karl Henry and Jamie O’Hara with Tongo Doumbia and David Davis, after which Wolves equalised only to concede to Lansbury’s second of the afternoon.
“We made a couple of changes and scored straight after it and I thought we were right back in it,” he explained.
“Karl and Jamie have played a lot of games and I just wanted to get some fresh legs in the midfield, in the engine room.
“Tongo and Dave Davis have both got the legs to be able to get up into the box and try and get us a goal.
“I thought that would give us some impetus and we did get the goal but then conceded again straightafter.”
But the boss insists confidence levels should not be dented ahead of such a crucial home game with Bristol City next Saturday.
“It is hard for the players because this has been going on for a number of years,” he added.
“We had a good win at Millwall but this was always going to be a difficult game because Forest are on such a good run.
“But for long periods here we were probably the better team.
“We didn’t take our chances and when you're down the bottom, these things don't go in - they've had two that have flown in the corner.
“I could be sat here saying ‘good point’ or even having won the game so I am not going to get too down in the dumps about it.
“I thought the players did really well and we moved the ball well and on another day if the chances go in we could have got something.
“I am sure we can take some positives from the game today going into next week.”

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