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A terrific display

9 February 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was happy to see his team defeat 'a fine footballing side' as they ran out 2-1 winners over Brentford.

A goal in each half from Lewis Grabban and Molla Wague saw Forest end Brentford's unbeaten run and the boss was thrilled by the manner of his side's display at The City Ground.

He said: "I'm delighted to have won the game. It was a very difficult match against a very fine footballing side in Brentford. We had some really good opportunities, particularly Leo Bonatini's chance to make it 2-0, but thankfully we got that second goal in the end.

"We had to survive some nervous moments at the end but thankfully we did and I'm delighted with the victory. There was a 10-15 minute period in the first half where we allowed Brentford to dominate and we allowed them to play through us but we rectified that in the second half.

"The onus was on us to get forward from the first minute and I think we did that. We made a tactical change at half-time because Leo Bonatini was looking a little bit tired and we thought we may benefit from some fresh legs."

O'Neill handed debuts to Wague and academy graduate Ryan Yates and the manager was delighted by the performances from his new faces and he reserved special praise for the 21-year-old.

He said: "There were some terrific performances out there today, espcially young Ryan Yates who I thought was fantastic.

"I'm delighted for Ryan. He has been exceptional in training, his enthusiasm is immense and he desperately wants to play for this football club. He's taken his chance today and he's done very well so I'm hugely pleased for him.

"Lewis Grabban did excellently as well. His whole performance was very strong, he worked exceptionally hard and we tried to get as much help up to him as possible. I was concerned about him playing up top on his own but overall I thought his performance was superb."

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