Michail Antonio highlights where Nottingham Forest are going wrong

Michail Antonio believes slow starts are costing Nottingham Forest, but remains convinced that a reversal in fortune 'is coming'.

Michail Antonio concedes that Nottingham Forest saw ‘two points dropped’ at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

The Addicks have been one of this season’s surprise packages in the Championship, with Bob Peeters turning a side which scraped clear of relegation danger in 2013/14 into top-six hopefuls.

They have collected as many points as Forest from their 20 games so far, with both sat on 29 at present.

There is, however, a feeling inside the City Ground camp that they should be seeing off all-comers in front of their own supporters.

Antonio, though, has conceded that Forest are doing themselves few favours by stumbling out of the blocks and taking too long to hit their stride – with a spectacular leveller from Robert Tesche required against Charlton to cancel our Callum Harriott’s first-half opener.

He told the club’s official website: “We will say it’s two points dropped because if we started as well as we did in the second half we would possibly have got the three points.

“In the first half they got a goal that I think was quite lucky. They’ve gone down the other and the ball has come off Michael Mancienne’s heel. We’ve watched it on the video and Darlow had it covered. We’re making it difficult for ourselves by conceding goals. We can’t afford to do it anymore because we won’t get what we want – promotion.”

While frustrated by Forest’s current form, Antonio remains convinced that fortunes will improve.

He added: “It’s coming and, when it does, it’s going to be a really good feeling around the ground.

“Robert Tesche came off the bench and scored ‘that’ goal, Jamie Paterson and Thomas Ince started and almost scored. Everything’s just got to click.”

Forest need things to ‘click’ as they remain three points outside the play-off places.

Antonio can reflect on his own contribution thus far with pride, having netted nine times in the league, but others need to start raising their game.

The competitive nature of the division means things will remain tight, but Stuart Pearce will be looking to cement a standing within the promotion-chasing pack over the festive period in order to avoid playing catch-up for the remainder of the campaign.

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