Chris Hughton praised his side’s reaction following a farcical goal to concede against a Stoke City he clearly rates.
Hughton’s Nottingham Forest gifted Stoke a first half lead at the bet365 Stadium last night when Lewis Grabban and Brice Samba contrived to help a Jordan Thompson corner in at the front post.
But they had a spring in their step after the break and a wicked cross from Anthony Knockaert was knocked past Joe Bursik by James Chester.
Forest had the best chance to grab a winner after that, with Cafu seizing on a back pass from John Obi Mikel only to be denied by Bursik.
“It was a game we should have won,” said Hughton.
“After conceding a really poor goal in the first half, what we did get was a really good reaction.
“It probably took a little while for the game to open up, but I thought once it did, once we got the equaliser, there was only one team who was going to win it.
“We were up against a really good side who were always a threat and had chances, but I thought our reaction was really good.”
He added: “I do (think we should have won it at the end). Cafu had the best chance of the game.
“We got into some really good areas through Anthony Knockaert and Joe Lolley.
“When you come here and go 1-0 down, it’s about getting back in the game. I’m really delighted we got back in the game.
“The reaction, once we got the equaliser, was very much to try to get the winner.
“But probably that’s where we are at the moment. We’re finding getting the three points very difficult at the minute – but not through lack of effort today.”
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The Stoke goal was a comedy but Hughton was not going to throw a player under the bus in public.
He said: “There’s no doubt it was a really poor goal to concede, particularly so early in the game and particularly here – it’s a hard enough place to come anyway.
“It didn’t do us any favours, but the reaction from that was good.”