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A dominant display

22 April 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was thrilled by his side's '90-minute performance' in the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at The City Ground.

The Reds dominated the contest from the first whistle to the last and O'Neill was delighted to see his players deliver such a strong performance in front of their home supporters:

Speaking after the game, he said: "The players were saying it was their best performance of the season and I thought we were absolutely outstanding this afternoon. We changed the system around and it seemed to work for all the players on the pitch because we were superb from start to finish.

"We exerted control against one of the play-off contenders. Middlesbrough came here with three back-to-back wins and we produced a complete, 90-minute performance and the players were outstanding.

"We started the game very well and that was important. We needed that first goal because no matter how much you dominate a game, you need to get in front when you're playing well and fortunately we did that with Joe's penalty."

Joao Carvalho returned to the starting line-up and produced a Man of the Match display and O'Neill reserved special praise for the forward on an afternoon where he received a standing ovation from all corners of The City Ground.

He said: "Joao was absolutely terrific and I've been told by people that they thought it was his best performance of the season as well. I think the system helped him to find those little pockets of space and his teammates also worked exceptionally hard for him.

"We could have had five or six contenders for Man of the Match but it was totally deserved for Joao. Everything he did worked a treat and I think he is coming to terms with the strength of the league and how to perform throughout a nine or ten-month season."

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