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Second half performance pleases Brazil

31 January 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil was pleased with the second-half performance of his team in the 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

Britt Assombalonga struck twice to seal the three points at The City Ground and Brazil was pleased with the improvement on a disappointing first half.

He said: “The most important thing was that we got three points. It wasn’t pretty in the first half and we were disappointed with ourselves. We didn’t take control of the tempo of the game and we knew Rotherham weren’t going to lay down and it was going to be a tough game. 

“I always thought we had enough to go on and win the game of football; we would like to play better and we knew the things we needed to do to go and get the three points and we did that in the second half. 

“We started the second half a lot brighter and picked up the loose balls and went on the front foot more. We got the penalty that Britt calmly put away and we seemed to relax a bit more. We got on the ball a bit more and started to play and scored a good second goal.”

Brazil was also pleased to get a clean sheet, the third in four games for The Reds, and was full of praise for goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and the back four.

He said: “We still had to defend our penalty box well, Stephen had to make a save and that was important. He is a really good goalkeeper and he is showing that on a consistent basis and that is another clean sheet for him and the back four. We defended well and resolutely, as we have done in the last few games. It was nice to get a couple of goals as well as the clean sheet and three more points.”

Brazil is now moving his attention to Saturday’s match against Aston Villa and would not be drawn into speculation that he could be in charge for the rest of the season.

He said: “We will go into Saturday against Villa, get the players ready and we will look forward to it. It is a good habit to start winning games regularly. 

“We are trying to do the job properly, myself and a number of key staff, and we are making sure that we get into a sensible place in the league that a squad of this quality should be in, continue to push the players in the right direction, work hard and be competitive in games.”

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