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We got what we deserved

26 February 2019

Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa believes The Reds were full value for their East Midlands derby win on Monday night.

The Nottingham-born defender was part of a backline which kept a deserved clean sheet against The Rams and he was delighted to finally claim the bragging rights at the end of an emotional night on Trentside.

Speaking after the game he said: "It has been a long time coming. It has been four years since we last beat them so it's obviously nice to finally get one over them but now it's all about building on this going into Saturday's game at Stoke.

"In games like this it is important to start fast, especially in front of such a fantastic crowd. The early goal obviously settled some nerves but then the support helped us get through the remaining 88 minutes of the game and I thought we deserved the win.

"We know we've got some momentum now but we have to take it one game at a time. Stoke now becomes the biggest game for us and we need to make sure we go there to put in a good performance and get a good result."

Darikwa took his place in the back four alongside Alex Milosevic, Jack Robinson and the goalscorer Yohan Benalouane and he says that defensive unit must continue to perform well if The Reds are to make a late run for the top six.

He said: "Defensively I thought we were quite comfortable, except from Waghorn's chance in the first half, and even though they had a lot of the ball they didn't create many opportunities. 

"Yohan and Alex were great. When you look at their CVs, they've both played at a very high level and it is a partnership that is growing. They're doing some exceptional work at the back so hopefully that can continue into Saturday's game.

"It is always really important for us to keep clean sheets because if we do that then we know we're in with a good chance of winning matches. The challenge now is to go and get another one at Stoke on Saturday."

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