Date: 16th August 2008 at 7:27pm
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Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood is pleased with his squad’s performance despite the 3-1 loss to Swansea City.

If Calderwood had intentions on stunning the Swans early on his hopes were sorely dashed on seven minutes when diminutive midfielder Leon Britton fired Swansea into a 1-0 lead thanks courtesy of a freak rebound off of Paul Smith’s head. Forest pulled a goal back on 35 minutes against the run of play when Lee Martin’s cross evaded the Swansea defence to fall kindly to James Perch who made no mistake from 8 yards out to equalise.

Looking to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s side, Forest pressed at the heart of the Swansea defence but Roberto Earnshaw could not live up to his reputation and the Welshman squandered his chance to put the visitors into a 2-1 lead. On 69 minutes Forest conceded a penalty after a resurgent Thomas Butler was upended in the box. Dutchman Ferrie Bodde stepped up to fire Swansea into a 2-1 lead after seeing Smith save his initial spot kick the former Southampton keeper could only watch on as the midfielder buried the rebound into an empty net. Turning on the style a moment of Spanish flair and excellence truly put the game beyond Forest as Gorka Pintado latched onto Mark Gower’s cross to fire past the stranded Smith.

Calderwood has conceded Swansea were the brighter side and has bemoaned Referee Paul Taylor’s decision to award the Liberty Stadium side a penalty.

Calderwood Spoke on Nottingham’s Official Site:

‘This sort of test is the best way to start It was an excellent game of football but Swansea were brighter and better in possession than us in the first half. We found our way through them but they had more opportunities.We gave the ball away needlessly on occasions but we quelled that in the second half and it was a much more even game.’

‘The second half was going well, we made a huge improvement and we looked as if we would be in control. But then the penalty gave them the advantage.The penalty didn’t look much and having seen it again it looked even less, it is unfortunate to have a bad decision against us.But we will go into our next home game looking to bounce back from that.’