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Patience pays off

22 October 2017

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Eric Lichaj said Nottingham Forest’s patience paid off as they defeated Burton Albion 2-0 at The City Ground yesterday.

The American scored the crucial second goal after Barrie McKay had put The Reds in front and he was delighted to come away with three points and a clean sheet.

He said: "I'm not sure why the fans were moaning in the first half; maybe it was a bit slow but we have had slow starts in other games and I was personally happy that we came in at 0-0 as we didn't give up an early goal. We looked solid and we gave away only one chance which fortunately didn't go in.

"We waited for our chance and I'm happy that it fell to Baz as it was a really good goal by him.

"I was pleased with my goal; it probably could have fallen to a better player though! I was in that situation before last season and missed so I made sure I put it in the back of the net.

"We played some good stuff as we do it a lot in training and I am glad a really good goal happened like that. The first goal wasn't as pretty with Jason getting almost knocked out by the goalkeeper but he has to do that. Baz has shown some good technique to put it into the top corner so overall it was a good team performance and it was good to get the three points."

Lichaj celebrated his goal by sprinting around the pitch, much to the delight of The Reds' fans.

"You know me, I am a little bit over the top so I thought I would run around the whole pitch," he said. "It got the fans going so I am pretty sure everyone enjoyed it and I did too.

"I didn't plan it. As soon as the ball hit the back of the net I just did whatever I felt like doing, I just winged it!"

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