Rob Kelly reflects on what might have been following Nottingham Forest's defeat at Bristol
ROB Kelly believes Nottingham Forest's afternoon might have been different had Dexter Blackstock not seen a header bounce back off the bar at Bristol City.
And he also played down any suggestion that the managerial upheaval at the club played a part in their defeat at Ashton Gate.
Former Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll guided his new side to a 2-0 win over the Reds, as Kelly took caretaker charge of the team for just a single game, following the departure of Alex McLeish and ahead of the arrival of Billy Davies, who returns for a second spell at the club on Monday.
"We knew Sean would have them well organised and they sat back, defended deep and we needed to break them down," said Kelly.
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"Championship games are decided by fine margins and, if Dexter had scored, who knows?
"We will not sulk, we will dust ourselves down. The new manager comes in on Monday and I am sure he will have an impact.
"The players have trained well, they have been focused. I can only judge on what I see and the way they behave and they have been completely professional.
"It is disrespectful to the former manager to say that the players need organising. But there is obviously something missing.
"We started the game well and had good opportunities. Then we give silly free kicks away that change the momentum of the game. That performance summed us up, probably."
Forest started the game very brightly and did play well in patches, carving out several chances for Blackstock and seeing Billy Sharp denied by an outstanding save from Tom Heaton.
But second half goals from Steven Davies and Marvin Elliott swung things in the home side's favour.
"There was some decent play there, we had plenty of attempts on goal, but the bottom line is that we lost 2-0," said Kelly.
"The supporters want us to play well and to win games and we haven't, so that is disappointing.
"We had a couple of good chances in the first half, with Dexter hitting the bar and another one in the second, when Billy was denied by a good save. But goals change games and we conceded two, which left us chasing the game a little bit."