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McLeish Praises Reds Character

12 January 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish praised the character of his side after they overcame Peterborough at The City Ground this afternoon.

The hosts ran out 2-1 winners to present the Scot with his first win as Reds boss.

Headers from Greg Halford and Elliott Ward were enough to brush aside the visitors who had equalised through former Forest loanee Scott Woottan early in the second half.

McLeish said: “I’m relieved, obviously. It’s difficult in the dugout – it can be frustrating and exciting in equal measure.

“The one thing the players showed above anything else was immense character to bounce back from both Peterborough’s equaliser and a horrible defeat last week. They kept going and I would want that character in any team I manage.

“We had to keep believing – it’s important to stay positive. Radi put a couple of great opportunities over the bar and he’s hurting about that but he had a great game otherwise. You’ve got to tell the guys to flush it out their system and not to dwell on it because there is still a game to be won.

“Gonzalo Jara Reyes made a very confident debut and Karl Darlow was really cool. We told him to do exactly what he had done in the run up to his selection and he handled it extremely well.”

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