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Half-time words helped seal the points

21 October 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton expressed his pleasure at his side’s second-half performance following the 2-0 win over Burton Albion at The City Ground.

The Reds were forced into a war of attrition in the first half by Nigel Clough’s side but came out firing after the interval and took all three points thanks to goals from Barrie McKay and Eric Lichaj in a second-half display which delighted Warburton.

Speaking after the game he said: “We spoke at half-time about upping the tempo in the second half. We started the game really positively and we knew that Burton would come here to sit behind the ball and slow the game down. In the first half we didn’t set the tempo and we didn’t move the ball anywhere near quickly enough.

“We knew the crowd were getting restless but it was very difficult in the swirling wind against a very organised Burton Albion side. All we needed to do at half-time was change the tempo and it was a much better second-half performance.”

Burton Albion arrived at The City Ground on the back of three straight clean sheets away from home and Warburton explained that his side needed to hold their nerve in order to clinch victory over the hard-working Brewers.

He said: “Our job was not to worry about how Burton would play or what they would do, our job was to concentrate on our own performance which we did in the second half. The crowd could see that we were building momentum and I think they were pleased with the display after half-time.

“Burton are a very diligent and hard-working side who make life very tough for you so we knew it was an afternoon where we would have to be patient. Overall though, I’m delighted for the players because they got their rewards for working hard this afternoon.”

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