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A big three points

22 April 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton felt his side fully deserved the three points as they overcame Reading 3-2 at The City Ground this afternoon.

Britt Assombalonga struck twice before Mustapha Carayol hit the third to seal a vital win in the relegation battle and move The Reds further away from trouble.

Warburton said: “I thought we deserved the three points today. The quality, desire and intensity in the first hour especially was very good. The only negative at half time was only being one up; the way we came out and played I thought we deserved more. 

“Our desire to secure Championship status had to be better than their desire to get promotion. Every one-on-one, everything we did had to be with intensity, positivity and show penetration. 

“There is no lack of desire in that changing room. We let ourselves down as a group; against Blackburn is the obvious one and in Derby for half the game, and then Preston away from home and Huddersfield at home we have shown some really good quality. 

“We spoke about starting fast. We had chances with headers and at the back post. We won it back when they couldn’t clear their lines and that was a bit like us in the last 25 minutes.

“It is a big three points in a very significant game and it is in our hands still.”

Reading hit back after going 3-0 down as Yann Kermorgant struck twice to set up a tense ending to the game, and Warburton believes his side has a lot to learn from that in the remaining fixtures.

He said: “We know how good Reading are and if you sit off and let them keep the ball they can hurt you. The good and bad for us was the third goal; great to see it go in for obvious reasons but we then sat back five, eight or ten yards and invited a very good footballing team.

“The first goal changes it; you felt the tension and then they get the second goal and the whole landscape changes. But I thought we showed lots of character, lots of quality and some of the football I was really pleased with and we could have got lots more goals. There is lots to be positive about but we must learn from that last 25 minutes.”

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