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Wigley positive after cup success

12 August 2014

Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley says the Reds will gain even more confidence after tonight's 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Michail Antonio's early goal gave Forest a 1-0 win at Prenton Park in the first round of the Capital One Cup and Wigley says he was pleased to taste victory on Merseyside.

Speaking after the game he said: "I thought we were very good in the first half and had chances to kill the game off after the goal. We were in a proper cup tie and we knew Tranmere would stretch us after Michael was sent off.

"We stressed to the players not to take Tranmere lightly and we came out of the blocks very quickly. In the end we've had to show a lot of character and spirit but we've come out with a good win and a place in the second round."

Forest had to hold onto their slender lead in the second half following Michael Mancienne's sending off for two bookable offences and the Reds' assistant manager says he feels the midfielder was hard done by.

He said: "I thought Michael's first yellow card was a terrible decision because he couldn't get out the way of the ball. The second one I had no arguments with but I felt the referee was a bit quick to get his cards out all night.

"But after that, we had to dig in and produce a performance which would get us a result and I thought we did that well. We've played a very good Tranmere side and come through unscathed so we'll move onto Saturday's game at Bolton with confidence."

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