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"The result is all that matters"

13 August 2019

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi was not pleased with his side's performance but was happy to make it through to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds produced a workmanlike performance to beat Fleetwood Town by a goal to nil at The City Ground to set up an East Midlands derby in the second round but Lamouchi says his players must improve ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I'm positive just for the result because in the first round of the cup it is always a trap game. We started the game well and I think we deserved to score when we did but after the goal we stopped playing, we didn't keep the ball and we made it really hard for ourselves.

"In this kind of game we must do more to control it. We were a little bit lucky at the end and they had two good chances to score. I said to Joey at the end that his team played well and they caused problems for my team but we must do better in terms of controlling the football.

"I know we had a lot of new players in the side and a lot of changes but we need to do much better. When you are at home and you take a 1-0 lead, you must play with more confidence and not with so much tension or panic.

"Despite that, a victory is a victory and I'm happy for that. We must take this victory into another difficult game against Birmingham on Saturday but we must play with more maturity and personality if we are going to win that game."

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