CHRIS HUGHTON was delighted the tempo of his side’s display following Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 victory over a strong Nottingham Forest.
He said, “We had to keep up the intensity because if we hadn’t, then I think it would’ve been an even tougher day for us, so that was pleasing.
“We went in 0-0 at half-time, even though I thought we edged it first half and were the better team. Sometimes it’s demoralising when you feel you’re the better team and it’s 0-0 at the break, so the players deserve credit for keeping up the momentum.
“Forest broke very well but we also had some opportunities; Solly March went through a number of times, as did Kazenga LuaLua. We had opportunities to make it 2-0 and alleviate a little more pressure on ourselves.
“If I look at the Nottingham Forest eleven that was out on the pitch, then that is a team which will win a lot of games this season, because they’ve got a lot of quality in the team and were a real threat at times.
“Sometimes we gave away a few free-kicks around the box and gave them a little bit of a leg-up with opportunities to score and we had to defend well."
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DOUGIE FREEDMAN took the positives from his side’s narrow defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, but was left frustrated by a growing injury list.
He told nottinghamforest.co.uk, “I was disappointed with the first half. Although we hit the post and had a couple of counter attacks, I felt we were a little bit fortunate to go in 0-0 at half-time.
“We were disappointed with the goal, but I thought we gave a fantastic response. The players showed great energy and looked very strong.
“Opportunities were at a premium and I felt we had as fair a number as Brighton, but unfortunately we couldn’t take them.
“There wasn’t a lot in the game at all.
“It was a huge blow for us losing Robert [Tesche] which looks to be a broken foot - the last thing we need at this particular moment. That did unsettle us.
“But it gives the opportunity to other players. We have Andy Reid coming back in three to four weeks, Chris Cohen in a couple of months and Ben Osborn next week.”