Cotterill: How did we lose that?
Steve Cotterill was left stunned that Forest were not only beaten at Portsmouth on Saturday but beaten 3-0.
He was lost for words that after dominating the game at Fratton Park his former side were able to not only win but win by such a margin: 'I don't know how on earth we lost, we dominated the game, I am lost for words.
'We were the better side and the score masks this, to play really well and end up losing by three goals.'
The performance was one that he was happy with but a lack of concentration at times, for the goals, is what he felt cost Forest: 'but we went to sleep on a couple of things and for one of the goals we weren't alive to the second ball.
'When you are so dominant you have to make sure your concentration stays on the button, you have to keep the back door closed.
'I am disappointed with the goals but not the performance, which was good enough to win the game.
'I don't want to be too hard on the boys, I am really pleased with their effort and application, they have been first class.'
Even his Pompey counterpart, and current caretaker manager, Guy Whittingham admitted in his press conference that the scoreline was not entirely reflective of the game so a 3-0 defeat was hard on Forest.