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We're building a fortress

21 November 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton was delighted after watching his side record a fourth straight home win with a 1-0 victory over Norwich City.

Daryl Murphy's late strike moved Forest to within touching distance of the top six in the Sky Bet Championship and Warburton was pleased with how his players ground out the result in a tight encounter.

Speaking after the game he said: "It's a very important three points against a good side who possess lots of talented individuals. We had to be patient and we knew it was going to be a nip and tuck game. I was delighted that we didn't sit back after getting the goal, we kept a clean sheet and got a very good three points.

"It's good to be building a fortress-type attitude towards The City Ground but you don't get any more points for winning at home than away. What we have to do now is be more consistent and start getting points on the road as well.

"We knew the threat that Norwich would pose tonight because they're a strong and physical side. However, I thought we were the better team tonight and I thought we deserved to win the game."

Mustapha Carayol was the architect of Forest's late show as he came off the bench to spark The Reds into life and the manager was thrilled to see his substitution pay off in style.

He said: "We make substitutions to try and change the game and add some more energy. Barrie McKay has been outstanding recently but he had a quieter game tonight so we thought Muzzy could get on and change it.

"He came on and added some pace and there was some real threat down the flanks. We've got so many options in the squad at the moment that there was no place tonight for Cash, Vellios or Ward, which shows the strength in depth which we're building.

"I'd love to play a 7-5-6 formation but unfortunately the rules don't allow that. The squad is strong and it allows me to make changes when the game is perhaps not going as we would like it to be."

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