Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne described yesterday’s success against Middlesbrough as a ‘massive win’.Goals from Gary Gardner and Dexter Blackstock overturned Grant Leadbitter’s opener to secure an impressive three points for The Reds on home soil.
And Mancienne had no doubts over what was key to the victory.
He said: “Everyone put a shift in and worked hard for each other. For periods of the game Middlesbrough had a lot of the ball, but we stayed in our shape and stayed focused.
“It’s a massive win for us. I’m really happy to have been a part of it. We thoroughly deserved it – the boys worked really hard for that victory.”
The result leaves Forest ninth in the Sky Bet Championship, nine points off the play-offs.
And, while Mancienne acknowledges the damage caused by the team’s tough mid-season run, he is refusing to give up on the current campaign.
He said: “We always knew we had a good squad. To have had that rough patch is frustrating for us because we could be so much higher up the league at the moment.
“But if we can string some results together between now and the end of the season, who knows what can happen.
“As long as we’re winning games, that’s the most important thing.”