Nottingham Forest let Norwich City off the hook for Reds’ chief Philippe Montanier

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier was unhappy at Norwich City's fightback. Picture by Pau

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier was unhappy at Norwich City's fightback. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's classy Championship comeback proved just how far Nottingham Forest have to go, insisted Reds' head coach Philippe Montanier.

The hosts' prospects of a fourth consecutive home league win were ended by a second-half onslaught from the Canaries.

'Norwich is one of the top teams in the Championship and we needed to be at a higher level,' he said. 'We have to be more consistent over the 90 minutes. Norwich had eight shots on target and we had two so that is not acceptable. That has been the difference because we have not done well enough at either end of the pitch. They're a good side but we left it too late. We were a little timid with the ball and also in defence. We made things too easy for them. We made too many mistakes with the ball and once again we've conceded two goals, which is not good enough, especially at home.

'We're disappointed because it's our first home defeat and also because we were leading at half-time.'

Montanier admitted his side failed to fully cash in on Vladimir Stojkovic's first-half penalty save from Wes Hoolahan.

'Vladimir has played very well but of course it is no good when our goalkeeper is having to play well to keep us in the game,' he said. 'We have to protect him better and we have to be stronger in defence to stop the ball getting to him. After the penalty save we had a good reaction and we took the lead and we wanted to keep playing in the same way.

'We had a reaction right at the end, but we wanted to see that before the end of the game. We did not put our opportunities away. We did not choose our passes well; we did not create enough opportunities to score. It is disappointing but our performance was not sufficient against a good team like Norwich. We have four matches in ten days so we have to try and keep the players as fresh as possible. Right now, we have to focus and learn from what went wrong.'