Ismaël reflects on Forest draw

Ismaël post-Forest

Valérien Ismaël says he’s disappointed his Albion team couldn’t take any of the “big chances” they created on Friday night against Nottingham Forest.

The Baggies were held to a goalless draw at a freezing Hawthorns by Steve Cooper’s side, their second 0-0 scoreline of the week.

Albion were pressing for the opening goal of the game until Jayson Molumby picked up a second yellow card 20 minutes from time, with momentum then swinging Forest's way.

And the boss says this next week gives him and his coaching staff the chance to work on plenty of attacking aspects.

He said: “It’s a big frustration again.

“We wanted the three points. We wanted the breakthrough.

“We had a few big chances to score. Chances fell to Darnell Furlong, Grady Diangana, Karlan Grant and Jordan Hugill at the end when we were down to ten.

“Up until the red card we were in control of the game and we didn’t concede any chances to Forest.

“We punished ourselves again.

“When you have been booked earlier you have to manage the challenge and stay with 11 men on the pitch. Unfortunately we didn’t do that.

“The guys worked really well at the end to keep the clean sheet. They showed great togetherness and a great mentality.

“It showed our quality defensively. 

“The issue is not defensively though, the issue is in front of goal. To win games you have to score goals. We haven’t scored goals recently.

“Everything was there to win the game. When you have that big, big chance into the 90th minute, you have to take it.

“The good thing now is we have a week to work with the guys to get their confidence back in training.

“We will build the players up again. Yes, we are disappointed and we are frustrated, but from tomorrow, we get back to work and we go again.”

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