Alex McLeish blasts Nottingham Forest's defensive display against Watford
ALEX McLeish today blasted his Nottingham Forest players for producing the worst defensive performance he has ever witnessed.
Gianfranco Zola's Watford romped to a comfortable 3-0 win at the City Ground, as Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney ran riot.
Vydra netted twice and Deeney added the other as the Hornets demonstrated their promotion credentials – and raised significant question marks over Forest's.
And frustrated McLeish warned that Forest must improve dramatically – and quickly.
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"We need to be playing at a much higher level," he said. "We looked devoid of ideas. Watford looked much brighter than us. There was nothing in it for the first 20 minutes – and then it was the goals that changed things.
"It was as bad a performance as I have seen from a defence."
McLeish says Forest's continued in consistency, in both performances and results, is threatening their hopes of challenging for a top six finish.
"We cannot afford to win one, draw one, lose one. That will not take us to the points total that we need, to take us to where we want to be," he said.
"It is not an impossible ask, it is still there for us. But we have to up the ante. That performance, in front of our own fans, was not good enough.
"Nobody likes to get beaten 3-0 at home. We have to ensure that teams fear coming here and, at the moment, that is not happening."