New Forest signing Billy Sharp liked with what he saw from the bench before he took to the field in this afternoon’s 2-1 victory over Charlton.The striker signed a season-long loan deal late last night and received clearance in time to take his place among the substitutes along with fellow new boy, and ex-Doncaster teammate, James Coppinger.
Lewis McGugan gave The Reds a first half lead when his free kick from out wide went all the way in. Sam Hutchinson made it two after the break with a cool finish after a marauding run from right back, before Ricardo Fuller’s header found its way in via a combination of the post and Lee Camp to set up a nervy finale.
Sharp said: “I was very impressed with the way we played first half, we were fully in control of the game.
"It’s amazing how half time can change a game, they were winning a lot more of the second balls but we managed to get the second goal and hold on for the three points.”
The 26-year-old admitted that he didn’t expect to leave Southampton but, when he heard of Forest’s interest, he was more than happy to join.
He revealed: “I heard early yesterday morning that Forest were interested but I didn’t think it was going to happen. About half past nine I managed to put pen to paper and I’m delighted to be here.
“It was a bit of a surprise but I spoke to the manager [Nigel Adkins] and it was best for me to come here.
“I’ve got no worries about being here - it’s a massive club, a great fan base and I’m looking forward to playing for Forest. I have to thank the fans for the reception they have given me.”
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