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Mills upbeat despite Derby defeat

20 March 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills says yesterday’s East Midlands derby was an enjoyable match to play in, despite the scoreline.

Mills and his team-mates looked like they were going to earn a deserved point before Marcus Olsson’s late strike handed Derby the victory.

And, despite that disappointment, Mills was impressed with the occasion.

He said: "It was a great atmosphere to play in. Both sets of fans made it a great day but unfortunately it wasn’t ours this time. We’ve both stolen three points off each other this season so we’ll call it even.

"It was obviously highly competitive, and it was an enjoyable match. I thought both teams really threw everything at it.

"It looked like it had 0-0 written all over it and I think we were punished for our only lapse in concentration of the whole game, which is hard to take.

"I can’t really remember Dozza being troubled too much - maybe one save in the second half - but they picked the right pass at the right moment and at Championship level, one lapse in concentration, one chance, and inevitably it’s a goal."

The international break has now commenced, with Forest’s next match coming at home to Brentford on 2 April.

Mills said: "There’s still a lot to play for when you look at the number of games left.

"We need to pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season."

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