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O'Neill on QPR victory

27 April 2019

Martin O’Neill was delighted to see his side secure their first away win since November with a 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Karim Ansarifard’s strike secured all three points for The Reds to also ensure back-to-back wins for the first time since September, and the Forest boss was also full of praise for Costel Pantilimon, who saved a late penalty from Nakhi Wells.

Speaking after the game, O’Neill said: “We are delighted to win the game and to win away from home for the first time in a long, long time. It is consecutive wins too, so all those monkeys are off our backs.

“It was a great goal to win the game. We had to withstand a lot of pressure and it was a totally different game to last week, but I am naturally delighted to have won.

“QPR exerted a great deal of pressure on us but we withstood it and Pantilimon makes a big save for us, whether it was a penalty or not seems to be debatable, but even so he has made a big save.”

O’Neill was also delighted for Ansarifard who took his chance well after hitting the bar in the first half.

He added: “QPR were throwing everything at us and we had a number of chances ourselves on the break and I think probably the most clear-cut chance has fell to Karim and he scores a very good goal.

“He also had a great chance in the first half to give us the lead, but he didn’t, and when the game is like that it is always in the balance.

“I think Karim is a very good finisher so we were a bit surprised he didn’t put that one in, but he pulled it around in the second half and took it magnificently, considering that miss beforehand might have been in the back of his mind.”

An excellent 2,367 supporters backed The Reds in the capital and the manager was happy to send them home happy.

He said: “The support has been in big numbers and there are record season card sales too.

“What we want to try and do is have a side that, first of all, is really worthy of Nottingham Forest as a football club and one they can support both home and away and feel as if they have a chance in the games they are in all of the time and that is what we are trying to do." 

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