Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn heaped praise on the team’s defence as they kept their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town.
Ipswich could not find a way past Damien Perquis, Matt Mills and Joe Worrall at the heart of the Forest defence, and Osborn felt it was crucial to get the first shut-out and first away win of the season.
He said: “We are very pleased. It is two in one but we can’t get carried away. We had a good performance against Birmingham but didn’t capitalise on it. We proved to ourselves that we can see a game out, they only had two shots on target so it is promising and will do wonders for our confidence.
“We were more organised and solid with the five at the back and three screening. We were excellent at defending crosses today; Damien, Millsy and Joe won everything in the air and Eric, Dani and Mancienne did a job. When the balls came in the box I was not worried standing up top, it was just good defending today.”
Osborn set up Britt Assombalonga for the first goal after 17 seconds, and he felt the second goal was crucial right before half time.
He said: “We started bright like we always do and they made a couple of mistakes and won the second ball. It fell to me and I heard Britt shout for the ball and he scores every time he plays.
“The second goal was massive. It got to the half hour and they came back into it. We were shouting saying that we need to go for another and not sit back and that is what we did. Even in the second half we tried to go for the third on the break, but it got a bit stretched towards the end and sat back on it.
“Everyone is happy in the dressing room but we start again from here and go back to work to climb up the table as where we are is still not acceptable.”