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Brian praises second-half performance

19 August 2014

First-team coach Brian Eastick praised Nottingham Forest’s second-half showing as they overturned a 1-0 deficit to take victory on the south coast.

Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt scored to put paid to Bournemouth’s 100% start to the season, prolonging Forest’s unbeaten run in the process.  

The Reds found life tough in the first half and, while Eastick accepts they were perhaps fortunate not to go into the break behind, he was pleased with how Stuart Pearce’s tactical changes altered the pattern of play.  

Speaking after the match, Eastick said: “It was a very, very good victory. Bournemouth certainly put us under the cosh in the first half and we hung on in there.   

“We changed it at half-time by putting the third player in midfield which helped us to get hold of the ball.  

“Sometimes when you’re playing away from home you have to stay in the game, which we managed to do, but I do feel in the second half we came to terms a little bit more and managed to pass the ball better - and, of course, we got the breaks.”  

The result left Forest top of the table but Eastick knows there is a long way to go.  

He said: “On paper it’s a terrific result but the important thing now is not to rest on it.  

“We’ve got Reading at home on Saturday and if we don’t go and beat them this result doesn’t mean as much.  

“We need to play really well at home and get the three points. “

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