Mark Warburton was relieved to have come away with three points as Nottingham Forest held on for the win against Millwall.
Barrie McKay’s first-half goal settled the opening Sky Bet Championship fixture, but the Forest boss admits that The Lions deserved something from the game.
He said: “All credit to Millwall. They deserved something out of the game at least as they were very good. It would be disrespectful to say that we were poor as I thought they were good.
“They came here, we knew what they would do and they did it. They were direct, effective and winning first balls. They created chances and attacked the ball and they were unfortunate tonight.
“From our point of view it is too easy to talk about the weight of expectation. The players are delighted to get this first game out of the way. The fans were magnificent but I think they felt it as well.
“When we moved the ball, we looked good but too many times we were loose in possession and gave it away and didn’t maximise good areas. To play like that and come away with three points, we are very relieved.”