Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren hopes last night's Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Newcastle United can help kickstart the season.

Forest, currently 22nd in the Championship, came from behind on three occasions to eventually fall 4-3 to the Magpies in the final minute of extra-time but McClaren says it was a vast improvement and feels it could prove the catalyst for betterment in future matches.

"We want it to be a catalyst for better performances and results going forward," he said.

"Everybody knows it's difficult when you join a new club with new players and a new environment. You have to adapt and they have to adapt to you.

"We want these performances more consistently and to make this a catalyst for better performances ahead and better results."

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