Huddersfield Town were defeated by Nottingham Forest 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship at home in West Yorkshire. A goal by Lewis Grabban in the 22nd minute and an own goal through Terriers keeper Lee Nicholls resounded the West Yorkshire side to a disappointing just as the league form of recent was on their side.
The visitors started the better of the two sides, good work from Joe Lolley earning Forest an early corner which was well defended by the Terriers. The first shot came Town's way, nice link up between Harry Toffolo and Josh Koroma down the right resulting in Danny Ward flicking a weak header straight at the keeper.
Town registered their first corner of the afternoon in the 12th minute after a sustained spell of pressure near the Forest box. But it would be Nottingham Forest to break the deadlock, Brennan Johnson breaking well down the right and placing a cross straight on Captain Lewis Grabban's head.
The West Yorkshire outfit did get going just before half time, with Koroma and Toffolo getting much more into the game down the left hand side. A good spell of pressure was ended prematurely as the referee stopped play for a Forest player whom required medical attention. Although the Terriers grew into the game they finished the half the strongest of sides, dominating the last 10 minutes.
The game was not to be one to remember for the Terriers, the second goal just after the break a hammer blow in getting something from the contest. The second period starting very disjointedly, Town trying to play themselves back into the contest but couldn't seem to get themselves going. This was to be the story of the game in the second half with Town trying to halve the deficit through various chances late on, struggling to break down the East Midland side.
After the loss, the Terriers boss spoke to Club Media and was disappointed with the performance.
"I think they started the first minute better than us. We were winning some individual actions, usually to compete in this level we need to win. For me they were playing with much more energy in the first 15 minutes, after this they were more defensive in their low block, and in this type of situations you need to manage very well the positions to attack with the ball as you are going to suffer counter attacks."
Corberan admitted the situation of the game was very difficult, he said:
"For me in the first half it was clear the que of the game was to move them more and don't give them a pass that would allow a counter attack. If you loose the ball they will counter attack, the key is to play in front but the players needed to understand the situation."
He knows Nottingham Forest were going to be up for the fight:
"I wasn't surprised as they have some decent players, the only thing that surprised us a little bit was their defensive work. Their four in the middle and three up top did challenge us. We didn't create enough chances to counter attack them more."