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A proud man

15 March 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams declared himself proud of his players following The Reds' 1-1 draw at Hull City this evening.

Forest led for a lengthy period before Sone Aluko's poacher's effort cancelled out Gary Gardner's wonder strike.

And Williams, who took the first-team reins for the first time following Dougie Freedman's departure, was delighted with the performance.

He said: "On the whole I'm really pleased for the players. We asked them to do things and they did them to the letter. I can't fault the lads - they gave me everything they had today.

"Maybe we had a siege mentality - it was only us who believed we could come here and do something.

"I asked the players to go out there and make themselves proud of themselves, and that's what they did."

Williams was brought to the club by Freedman but says there were no hard feelings between the pair when he accepted the chance to take control until the end of the season.

The coach said: "I told Dougie that I wouldn't take it without his blessing and fortunately he said yes.

"I'm here for ten weeks now. The players love playing for Nottingham Forest and I just want that to come out in the remaining games.

"We've got to go out and try and force things. To use a boxing analogy, we have to start throwing the first punch in games."

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