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Adkins left frustrated

26 December 2013

Boss reflects on 1-0 defeat

Manager Nigel Adkins admitted his frustration after seeing a good second half display unable to register any points away to table-topping Leicester.

The Foxes took the lead with a first half penalty that the boss described as 'cheap,' David Nugent making no mistake for his eighth spot kick of the season.

In the second half we had a goal disallowed, an effort cleared off the line and forced Kaspar Schmeichel into a key save, among others.

The boss said, "The players played really well in the second half and that's where the frustration comes because we know we've got it in the locker.

"When you look at their goal, Jobi is bombing forward, Royston slipped, we're exposed and it's a cheap penalty. From the dugout I first thought it was a foul, but having seen it again it was cheap, which was a shame. The referee has to make a decision, and he's given it.

"Second half we did everything really well bar scoring a goal. For me we were the dominant side in that period but we've come away with nothing.

"We had set ourselves up to give them problems. It wasn't a great first half hour [as the floodlights failed] and in that time they scored.

"It's been one of those days because we lost Obita last night through illness, then McCleary went down this morning as well, both were due to start. It was unfortunate but listen, we've got Jobi McAnuff and also Nick Blackman who has been superb in training and has so much ability, he just needs backing and an opportunity.

"Even first half we had opportunities, Kaspars had a header flashed past the post. Second half they headed one off the line, Pav had his goal disallowed and there were lots of oohs and aahs.

"For an hour we were very good against a team who've gone top of the League. The annoying thing is we've conceded from a penalty after a slip. We had a frank and honest conversation in the dressing room at full time and all the boys are working very hard to keep going."

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