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A case for the defence

30 December 2019

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Matty Cash was pleased with Nottingham Forest's defensive solidity in the 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

The Reds had to count themselves lucky that they came out on the right side of the scoreline against an impressive Wigan outfit and Cash was happy to see Forest show a fighting spirit to chalk up another important victory.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a tough game. Wigan are a really good side and you wouldn't think they were bottom of the league. They came here and made it hard for us but the main thing is that we took the three points.

"I didn't think we were great today but we battled really well and it's brilliant to take the three points. We'll put that performance behind us now and move on to another difficult game on Wednesday.

"They put us under lots of pressure and from the first whistle they were attacking us. The main thing in football though is to win the game and that's what we did so we're happy with that.

"Brice (Samba) has made a fantastic save from the penalty and we would have been gutted if they'd made it 1-1 with only a few minutes left to play. He's a great goalkeeper though so we were pretty confident that he would make that save and help us get the three points.

"Brice is a really top guy. He sits next to me in the changing room, he's one of my good mates and a really good professional. It was a tough game for all of us at the back today, their full-backs were bombing on all afternoon, but we stood pretty strong and saw the game out.

"We need to make The City Ground a proper fortress now. We're getting 29,000 here most weeks now and we need to make it a really tough place for teams to come and play and we're looking to carry that on against Blackburn on Wednesday."

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