Nottingham Forest deputy manager Ned Kelly said ‘a travesty’ was avoided as The Reds beat Barnsley 3-2 at The City Ground this afternoon.Forest were pegged back twice by The Tykes before Darius Henderson’s winner came six minutes from time, and Kelly was pleased to see The Reds take maximum points from such a tricky fixture.
He told Forest Player: “It would have been a travesty had we not won that game based on the chances we created. We played some good football and I thought that within 20 minutes we should have been 4-1 up.
“They scored an absolute wonder goal to get back to 2-2 but we’ve shown plenty of character and desire to get the winner. The lads are a patient bunch and the manager keeps telling them that if you don’t score with one opportunity, another one will come along straight after.”
Two of Forest’s substitutes, Henderson and Djamal Abdoun, combined to produce The Reds’ late winner and Kelly was thrilled to see the changes, and the strikers, work to good effect.
He said: “It is not an eleven man team - the whole squad is involved. Whether you play ten minutes or the whole game, you are a valued member of the squad and the substitutes today were excellent.
“There’s a mix of strikers at the club and I was delighted to see Simon score the opener and then of course even more pleased when Darius got the winner.”