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It was a quality performance

8 April 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton praised a quality performance from his side to defeat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at The City Ground.

Goals from Eric Lichaj and Jamie Ward capped a great display from The Reds to ease their relegation fears.

Warburton said: “I am delighted. Three points is so vital at this stage of the season but it was also about the quality of the performance. We moved the ball, we were brave and created chances and should have been two or three up at half time. We expected a reaction, we got it and had to weather a bit of a storm but we kept the ball and it was a very pleasing display. 

“We looked at their strengths and had to respect that they are a very good team and came here full of confidence. We thought they might be a bit leggy after their game on Wednesday and we wanted to push their full backs back; they have a lot of joy through that and I thought Eric and Ben pushed them back, their positioning was excellent and they got their rewards.”

Warburton was delighted with the commitment of his side to press Huddersfield all over the park to set the foundations for the result.

He said: “We speak about responsibility, as a group, and the players have responded. It was first class and the first few tackles that flew in got the crowd going and showed the desire of the players. They worked really hard today and everyone put in shifts, all over the park and I am delighted with a quality performance.

“The players worked hard this week and didn’t get the rewards against Derby or Preston that they deserved but today we deserved the three points.”

Ben Brereton came in for praise from the manager for the way he played and Warburton feels his performance is a sign of more to come from the teenager.

He said: “Ben is an outstanding young player. He is 17-years-old, but what a performance in terms of maturity, quality, desire, commitment, awareness, vision – he had everything today and I am delighted for him. He will be the first to say it is about the team though. 

“We all know how random this game can be, but he can go to the very highest level. To show that composure and desire, to be fearless, and the cross he put in for Jamie Ward just before half time was a world class delivery. He will only get better and better.”

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