Burke claims that Forest experienced a fresh wave of energy and enthusiasm, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to prevent the side from falling to a 3-1 defeat, with the club staying tenth in the table.
“When you go down to ten men you think that could be it and Watford would turn us over, but we didn’t let that happen,” said Burke.
“It gave us a little more energy and we stepped it up again. With a bit of luck we could have got that equaliser.”
It’s natural for a side to tighten up when they go down to ten men because there is naturally more pressure piled onto all positions within the team.
What will please Dougie Freedman the most is that his side didn’t cave in initially when the red card was shown, as they showed a great team spirit which is something he’s been working hard to create.
Watford’s quality eventually told as they stretched out a lead, but it will encourage the boss that heads didn’t drop as his team tried to make things difficult for the Championship promotion chasers.
Forest are on a difficult run of form and are under pressure to turn their results around so it’s important they react in the right way looking ahead to the game against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
Wilson’s absence means another player unavailable for the side, but it’s another game and another good lesson the boss has learned.