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Written in the stars

7 May 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams says he couldn’t have scripted today’s win over MK Dons any better.

The Reds ended the 2015-16 season with a 2-1 win at stadiummk, both of their goals being scored by players who recovered from long-term injuries earlier in the campaign.

Chris Cohen scored the opener, later cancelled out by Nicky Maynard, before Britt Assombalonga bagged the winner in front of 4,000 jubilant Forest fans.

Speaking after the match, Williams said: "We couldn’t have written it any other way. Chris, who hasn’t scored for a long time, scores a header and then it’s written in the stars for Britt to come on and score the winner. The celebrations just showed what it meant to the staff, players and fans.

"I felt for Britt at times because all he wants to do is play football week in, week out and he’s not had that opportunity over the last 13 months. To have the fairytale ending is amazing for him and hopefully he’ll go away in the summer, get 100% fit and then be raring to go at the start of the season.

"He’s a likeable lad, Britt, everyone just loves him at the club, and Chris epitomises what Nottingham Forest is about. I’m really pleased for him getting a goal today.”

Williams, who was once again taken aback by Forest’s following, has high hopes for next season.

He said: "It’s going to take a lot of hard work behind the scenes and from the players in pre-season, but why not aim high? Hopefully we’ll be standing here with a promotion or play-off place.

"It was kind of mind-boggling, the number of fans we had here today when we had nothing to play for.

"It’s amazing and shows you the size of Nottingham Forest."

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