Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman was delighted to combine victory with handing players some much-needed game time against QPR this afternoon.
The Reds progressed to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 1-0 win at The City Ground.
The likes of Chris Cohen and Gary Gardner were handed run-outs after being starved of competitive football for the majority of the season and Freedman was thrilled a lack of match sharpness didn’t affect his team.
He said: “Under the circumstances of playing a number of players who haven’t played for a long time, to come away with a win against a decent Championship side is very pleasing. We’re in the next round and that was our objective at the beginning of the game.
“From an attacking point of view I thought our first-half display was excellent, we really passed and kept the ball.
“Understandably we ran out of legs and it was our ability to keep a clean sheet that got us the win.”
Jamie Ward claimed the winner with his first ever goal for the club, sliding in to round off some excellent wingplay by Man of the Match Oliver Burke.
Freedman said: “It’s taking a little bit of time to develop Oliver. I think he’s got a lot more potential but he’s starting to grow into a very dangerous player for us.
“We saw towards the end of the second half that he tires a lot, as did one or two others because of lack of game practice, but he’s going to be a wonderful player for this football club as long as he keeps his feet on the floor.”