Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll hailed his side’s performance after watching his men topple table-topping Cardiff at The City Ground this afternoon.The Reds went into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from Andy Reid and Daniel Ayala, and when Billy Sharp scored his first for the club after the interval it looked like the three points would become a formality.
But Heidar Helgusson’s deft finish, coupled with a second yellow card for Adelene Gudioura, meant that Forest had to hang on for all three points.
O’Driscoll said: “That was probably as good as we have played all season – especially in the first half.
“It was the proverbial game of two halves. I hate football rhetoric – but that’s what it was.
“Two-nil is the worst scoreline in football. At half time they had nothing to lose, we had everything. We wanted to keep pushing forward but we didn’t want to get caught at the back.
“Malky won’t be pleased with their first half performance, but they turned up in the second.
“Thankfully, we got that all-important third goal. It seemed like a long time to defend after that but we stuck in there.”
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