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We could have won it

5 August 2018

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Nottingham Forest’s Daryl Murphy was delighted to get on the scoresheet as The Reds drew their opening game of the season 1-1 at Bristol City.

The Irishman’s leveller after half-time saw Forest come away from Ashton Gate with a draw and he felt their second-half display deserved at least a point.

Speaking after the game, he said: “In the first half they had a few decent chances and we did as well, but I think second half we came out and stamped our authority on the game and we could have won it.

“I don’t remember too many chances they had in the second half but I think, first game of the season away from home, it is a tough place to come and we will take a point.

“I was delighted to get my goal. We started pressing a lot higher and we started forcing errors from them and getting chances from it and we could have easily won the game.”

Murphy said that with the characters that are now in the dressing room, the team were confident that they could turn things round after going in one goal down at half-time.

“When you go a goal down that early into the first game of the season it is not nice,” he said. “But we have a lot of characters in the changing room. We never really panicked and we knew that we would get chances and it was just a case of taking them.

“We were disappointed with ourselves from the first-half performance. We knew from last week when we played Bournemouth that we were all at it from the start to the end and we were disappointed that we didn’t start the same. But I think in the second half we showed that we could do it.”

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