Dougie Freedman heaped praise on his players and the Nottingham Forest fans for pulling together for a ‘fantastic win’ against Derby tonight.
The Reds beat their East Midlands rivals 1-0 courtesy of Nelson Oliveira’s early strike, a moment which sent The City Ground into raptures.
And the Forest faithful rarely allowed the noise levels to dip as their side saw out the victory expertly.
Freedman said: “We had a decent plan, we stuck together, we showed the same commitment as we’ve shown in the last four or five games. This time we’ve taken an opportunity when it came along.
“I thought our counter-attacking was exceptional tonight, and then the crowd gave us that lift we needed with ten minutes to go.
“The pleasing thing for me as a coach is that we played as a team. We defended as a team, sprung into attack as a team. We put our bodies on the line when we had to, and the crowd played a huge part because in the last ten minutes the players were on their knees.
“We all pulled together for a fantastic win.”
Freedman spoke before the match about a win being more valuable than only three points.
And he believes the players will be boosted by their derby-day delight.
The manager said: “It’ll lift the players and reiterate what they’ve been believing in.
“They have not once thrown the towel in. I have not seen one performance with less than 100% commitment. We’ve been unfortunate with some of the things that have happened to us but we’ve stood up and kept on going.
“We’re a good side, there’s no doubt about that. We were in a difficult moment but kept on sticking at it.”