Moore scathing about poor performance at Nottingham Forest

Last updated : 17 January 2006 By The Chairman
A somewhat dejected Ronnie Moore was scathing about his teams poor performance at Nottingham Forest. He told the official site, "We didn't show appetite, desire or commitment. We get a decent following, try to give them something but shoot ourselves in the foot. We want to be playing at grounds like this all season and if you are a player who can't produce something better when you come to a place like this, then there is something wrong. It was unacceptable and we will be working hard to put it right."

"We have been giving everybody hope recently and we honestly believe we have a chance of getting out of this division, but we won't if we produce 45 minutes like we did in the second half. We have to stay compact as a team. It looks like every time we go a goal down we are not going to win a game. I don't see any reason why that should cause us to panic and get frustrated. Every time we made a mistake defensively we got punished for it. It will be doom and gloom, we know that. But I think the fans are honest enough to see that we are trying to get it right, trying to get the players to be consistent. It is vital now that we regroup because if you can't produce the goods at a place like this then you shouldn't be a professional footballer."

"There was me, Breckie (John Breckin) and John Sheridan who all wished we could have gone out there and played. It was a follow-on from the Blackpool game and unacceptable. You can swap and change, bring other people in and give them opportunities, but do they take them? Certainly not today. We are lacking belief and clinical finishing when we do get the chances. But it was a below-par performance and we just didn't create anything. We have to put it right as quickly as possible and stop giving away silly goals."

"What was really disappointing was how quick and how often the ball kept coming back because they (the front line) didn't do their job. We were so poor up front it wasn't true, they didn't even look like scoring. We had three strikers up there and the use of the ball wasn't good enough, so we will have to look at that again. There was very little in it in the first half but in the second we were non-existent. We have worked hard to get into our league position and we have to make sure we don't throw it away now. I have told the players not to even think about doing anything in the afternoons because it will be back to hard work and training. There was a bit of head-shaking, but there were no positives to come out of the game."