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We were gritty

25 February 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil said his side weren’t at their best but fought hard to earn a point at Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

The match at the DW Stadium ended goalless and Brazil was pleased with the resilience of his side to keep a clean sheet. 

He said: “It wasn’t a game for the purist. There was a lot of duels and fighting and a lack of quality with both teams in the attacking third. The biggest thing I take away from it is the clean sheet and I take a positive from the fact that a team fighting for their lives has made it tough to get a result and we were resilient. 

“I don’t recall Jordan having to make a save and I thought the back four and goalkeeper were really good. We had a game plan to try and get Muzzy in down the left and to a point that worked, we just needed that little bit of extra quality to turn that into a goal. 

“I can’t complain at the application of the players, we just needed a little bit more quality at the top to turn a hard-working performance into a win. The clean sheet and the point isn’t bad as it isn’t an easy place to come. 

“Muzzy was a threat as the game went on. He got some good balls higher up the pitch towards the end of the first half and he is a good player and that is something we need to take advantage of. 

“It just needed a bit of quality. When you don’t have that and don’t show that little bit more on the ball, the one thing you do is make sure you don’t lose and we did that. We showed a resilience and we were hard to break through.

“It was a hard-fought point, we kept a clean sheet. It wasn’t a fantastic performance but we were gritty and got through the game.”

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