Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner has explained how he felt after Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City. The Reds lost 2-0 to the champions despite a spirited second-half display.
Forest played almost the entire second half with a man extra after Rodri was sent off. The midfielder saw his marching orders following a tangle with Morgan Gibbs-White.
Steve Cooper’s men couldn’t make the extra man count, however. Ederson made two brilliant saves towards the end of the contest but Forest couldn’t find a way through.
Turner admits that the team had some regrets after the game. He also explained that this is the third time that he’s had these thoughts following away games this season.
He told the club’s official website: “It was a game of two halves. The first half was pretty busy and the second half was pretty quiet from my end.
“I think this is the third away game this season where we’ve come away thinking, ‘what if?’. That’s the feeling and the sentiment in the dressing room
“It’s frustrating because City hurt us in the way we thought they were going to hurt us, so we just need to execute our game plan a little bit better in critical moments.
“It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Any time you go up against a team that has one less player, you want to back yourselves to score and make it hard on them.
Forest goalkeeper Turner has regrets after City defeat
The American number one should hold his head up high. He was powerless with both goals once again and ultimately, he’s been a great replacement for Dean Henderson so far this season.
The jury remained out after Turner was signed. Given that he’d made just seven appearances for the Gunners, some fans were sure he’d be up to regular Premier League action.
Those fears have quickly been dismissed though, with Turner showing some quality form. He’s now in possession of the gloves and he will hope to keep his place in the team.
It’s nice to hear that Forest players are now disappointed at not leaving a team like Manchester City without something for their efforts. That can only bode well for the future and Turner will hope that Forest can learn from Saturday’s performance.