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A true test of character

12 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton praised the way his side battled for their hard-fought 1-0 victory at Sunderland this evening.

Daryl Murphy's late goal edged a tight encounter in the North East but Warburton was not worried about the entertainment value as his side took all three points.

Speaking after the game he said: "It wasn't pretty but it was job done. I thought we did the ugly side of the game well tonight, we stood up and showed a real strength of character.

"The things we usually do well, we didn't do tonight. We didn't move the ball with the speed and dynamism like we have done in previous games but when we did we hurt them. Both teams came into the game on the back of some bad results and I think you could see that at times tonight.

"I'm delighted for the players but I'm delighted for the fans as well. High up behind that goal tonight, they made a lot of noise which really drove the team on. They've made a long journey in awful weather and I can't speak highly enough of them tonight."

Forest had taken criticism for the way they conceded three times at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and the manager was delighted to see them respond in such positive fashion this evening.

He said: "Players are human beings, they've heard the criticism they've been receiving and they wanted to respond. The players really stood up, defended their goal and made sure that they weren't going to concede.

"I thought we got more of a foothold in the game as it went on. We knew we had to win this one tonight. Despite their run of form it's a very tough place to come and we go away with a clean sheet and three valuable points.

"It's a young squad that we have and they do take the criticism to heart. They get angry and they wanted to go out there tonight to show what they can do. Maybe there was a fear factor at times but we'll be better for that moving forward."

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