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The madness of the beautiful game

30 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says the bizarre nature of football meant his side picked up three points against Sheffield United this afternoon.

The Reds ended their poor recent run of form with a hard-working 2-1 win over The Blades but Warburton admitted his side didn't perform as well as they did during the midweek defeat to Fulham.

Speaking after the game he said: "We gave away a soft goal at the beginning and the players looked nervous but it was a good reaction. We played very well on Tuesday night and got nothing while today we didn't hit those heights and we took three points. But that's the madness of the game.

"I felt we could have scored two more goals at the end of the first half. The chances for Kieran and Jason should have been converted while we could have scored a few more at the end as we broke away on the counter.

"Overall, the boys responded to the challenge really well today. We wanted to go into the international break on the back of a victory and all credit has to go to the players."

Forest now sit in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship and Warburton believes his side are in good shape as they head into the two-week international break.

He said: "We have to learn from the mistakes we've made previously and that's the only way you can learn. Here we are talking about errors we've made, things we can improve upon and we're still in the top half. Of course we're frustrated to have dropped points previously but this is a young side that is learning all the time. 

"We needed that result today as it's important that the boys either go away on international break or go back on to the training ground and be positive about what they do. 

"I've got tremendous belief in the whole squad and their performance on Tuesday night showed me that we could win the game today. We didn't want to make unnecessary changes to the side and, even though we didn't play as well, we're delighted to come away with the three points and take confidence into the international break."

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