Slutsky’s side trailed 2-0 before Jarrod Bowen reduced the deficit, but a Kieran Dowell penalty saw Forest’s two-goal lead restored. Michael Hector pulled a goal back two minutes from time but there was to be no equaliser.
Here’s what Slutsky had to say to the media afterwards:
On his immediate thoughts after the game
“It is a very difficult game to analyse straight away and a strange match. We had a plan and I think our plan worked because we controlled the second ball zone and we had a lot of chances. We made some mistakes with our last pass, but when we conceded the first goal we needed to continue to play actively and our plan continued to work with chances created.
“If we could have made it 1-1 it would have become a new game. We tried to come back from 2-0 and 3-1 and I don’t have a problem with the character of the players or the team spirit. We made some mistakes and this is my first problem. We missed chances, but we had a lot of chances. Nottingham Forest took their chances, we didn’t.”
On making a double substitution at half time
“We needed to keep a very high level of activity in the central space and control the second ball zone. We needed fresh players to control this space. I felt we did that.”
On his thoughts about the penalty awarded to Nottingham Forest
“It’s a difficult one for me to speak about because it wasn’t my decision. I respect the referee’s decision.”
On Jarrod Bowen’s eighth goal of the season
“It’s difficult to speak about individual moments when we have lost the game, but the goal on its own was an unbelievable finish and he deserved to win the club’s man-of-the-match award today.”
On Jon Toral’s injury
“It is a hamstring injury. I think maybe he will miss one month.”