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Brazil proud of performance

1 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil was proud of the performance put in by his side in the goalless draw against Leeds United.

The Reds had to dig in for a point at Elland Road and it was that resolve and team spirit which delighted Brazil.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am proud of how the players performed and what they gave to the team. A little bit more quality on the ball, especially in the final third of the pitch, would have been nice in terms of us showing what we are capable of.

"In terms of the application and how we made it very hard for a decent Leeds team to break us down, I was made up with the commitment and application of a group of young men."

A strong spell in the second half could have seen Forest snatch a winning goal but Brazil was impressed with the defensive display.

He added: "We have good players, and at that point you were thinking 'something drop for somebody' and we would have got our noses in front.

"The first goal is always important here, as it is anywhere. We stayed in the game, made it very hard for them to score and when we needed Jordan Smith, he has made a fantastic save.

"We restricted them to long shots and they have had one come off the bar but I think we earned the right to get a bit of luck today.

"There were some big performances and it was a performance well worthy of a point. We can build on that and look to develop something going forward a bit more."

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