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Resolute defence pleases Fox

26 February 2017

Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox was left disappointed not to get three points but was pleased with the resolute defensive display in the draw with Wigan Athletic.

Fox played at the heart of the defence which kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw at the DW Stadium and hopes to take the positives into next Saturday’s match with Brighton.

He said: “I know they play rugby on here but it felt a bit like a rugby game towards the end with them pumping into the box in the last few minutes. Obviously we wanted to win the game but to get the clean sheet and stop a run of three defeats on the bounce is nice but we are a tad disappointed that we didn’t get the win.

“Their keeper has made a good save from Mustapha Carayol towards the end and in the balance of the game we had the better chances but we can move on and take positives from it. We have a couple of tough home games coming up then Burton away and Derby at home so it is positive but we need to kick on again.

“I think we looked a lot more resolute and solid throughout the game. I didn’t think they were going to score and I didn’t feel under threat. The midfield boys in front of the back four were outstanding keeping them in front of us and not causing us too much harm. It is a good point if you look at it that Wigan are still six points behind us but we are a bit disappointed that it isn’t nine. 

“We have a few games against the teams in and around us in the next few weeks and we need to get positive results. Wigan have been getting some decent results of late so to keep a clean sheet we are happy but we need to improve in the final third and that will come with the firepower we have in the squad.”

Fox was impressed with his defensive partner Joe Worrall who put in a solid performance while Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs and Michael Mancienne all remain sidelined through injury.

Fox said: “You need competition for places and people need to be ready when called upon. Wozza has come in and done really well and to play Championship football at that age is a big ask but he is very mature and has a good football brain. He is easy to play alongside and I am delighted for him, as I am all the young lads who have come in and done really well since they have been given the chance.”

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