Nottingham Forest temporary manager Gary Brazil dedicated this afternoon’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City to the club’s supporters.Matt Derbyshire’s 2nd-minute goal sealed all three points for Forest at The City Ground and Brazil says The Reds’ faithful must take considerable credit for their continued vocal backing of the team.
Speaking to Forest Player after the game, he said: “I’m pleased for the players and the staff and the dressing room is certainly a better place to be. But this win is for the fans. They’ve deserved this victory because our performances at home have not been up to scratch in recent weeks.
“Today was much more like a City Ground performance. To a man the players wanted to win and wanted to keep a clean sheet. We got a lot of positives out of today and there is a much better atmosphere around the club now.”
The slender win moved Forest to within three points of the Sky Bet Championship playoff places and Brazil says this afternoon’s display will send them into the season’s run-in with a renewed sense of belief and confidence.
He said: “I thought we fought very well without the ball and never let Birmingham get into their stride. We had some big performances out there today from a number of players. We now have to capture that and reproduce this type of display at Leeds on Monday.
“The lads played some excellent football in the first half and we should have been more than one goal up at half-time. The goal was superbly worked from our point of view, a good ball from Jamie Paterson and beautifully put away by Matt Derbyshire.
“If we can get ourselves three points at Elland Road then the last two games of the season will be very interesting given the opposition. But today is all about everyone connected with this football club, I’m really pleased for all of them.”