Nottingham Forest winger Stephen McLaughlin says last night's 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers was a case of 'job done'.
The Irishman made a second appearance of the season at Prenton Park as he replaced goalscorer Michail Antonio and says he and his teammates were delighted to have the game won and get back to Trentside.
Speaking to Forest Player after the game, he said: "We’re going to try to start with a high tempo all season - we’ve got the legs in the team to do that. When you put teams on the back foot early on it makes it easier through the full game.
"When Mancienne got sent off they put the pressure on, as you would expect. I thought we dealt with it very well. Hobbsy and Foxy had a big handful to cope with up front but I think they won every header and did very well.
"It was important to get the job done in the 90 minutes because we need the legs for Saturday."
Manager Stuart Pearce has given opportunities to some younger members of the squad since his arrival and McLaughlin says he is encouraged by the performances of one of his former Under 21 teammates as he seeks to gain a spot in the first team.
He said: "I was really pleased to be involved. I've tried to show what I can do during pre-season and fortunately the manager has stuck with me and given me a chance in these first two matches of the season.
"But just because the manager says he believes in young players, you still have to prove that you are worth your place in the team. I'm taking confidence from the likes of Ben Osborn who are working hard and getting places in the starting line-up."
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.