Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi acknowledged that his side was fortunate to come away with all three points from this afternoon’s game against Wigan Athletic.
Tobias Figueiredo scored the deciding goal with Brice Samba stopping a second-half penalty to ensure the victory on a tough afternoon at The City Ground.
Speaking after the game, Lamouchi said: “It was hard work and I think Wigan deserved more. They don’t deserve the last position in the table because they played very well. It was totally different from the first game away, they disturbed us, they created a lot of chances but we were lucky and I am happy to win at home.
“After Hull, it was really important to win today but it was so hard, very tough and we didn’t play so well. How many times have we played much better but lose the points, so this is football.
“We have to accept this today but we have to change it. If we play like this at home, we will not win all the time. We need to find a different way for the next game.”
Lamouchi praised the penalty stop from Samba which preserved the lead, as well as the impact of the players who came off the bench to turn the game in Forest’s favour.
He said: “Samba did a great job, he saved a lot of points so far and I am happy with him. He needs to stay focused until the end, we need him and we need everybody focused, consistent and solid.
“The substitutes are great, not just today but all the time. The substitutes, from the beginning of the season, they are so focused and they make the difference.
“The timing, in December, it is a busy month so we need to find the right ingredients to give the right energy for the players.”