MARK WARBURTON blasted his “worst-ever” Nottingham Forest as they lost 2-1 at Aston Villa in the same weekend as his successor at Ibrox lost the plot and the Glasgow Derby against Champions Celtic.

The former Rangers boss saw ex-Celtic striker Daryl Murphy level Albert Adomah’s opener before Conor Hourihane’s free-kick sealed the victory for Steve Bruce’s Midlanders.

Warburton said: “It is frustrating as we came out in the first 15 minutes of the game and we were very good.

“We dominated, looked bright and threatening and then we gave away a very poor goal again and find ourselves 1-0 down.

“The 20 minutes after that, we were really poor and I think it was the worst we have been in the six months or so I have been here.

“We looked lethargic, we didn’t get out there and we had words at half-time as a group.

“The reaction was good and they showed their character and their quality in the second-half, but it is another soft goal to give away and we come away frustrated.”

Warburton added: “There are no excuses and we take blame as a team as we take credit as a team. We gave the ball away, inexplicably went long and goals change games.

“We had a good response after half-time and I thought Daryl took his goal really well with a real calmness and then I thought there was only one team in it.

“We were attacking and moving the ball well and I can’t think of a save our keeper Jordan Smith had to make after the break.

“But it is irrelevant as we need to take our rewards.

“You can’t come to a place like Villa Park and have to score three to win the game. That is what we are leaving ourselves at the moment.

“We maybe lacked a bit of quality in the final third, but we were dominant in the second-half and to come away with nothing is really frustrating.”


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