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A learning curve

19 January 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill said that today’s defeat against Bristol City was a learning curve for him and his new side.

Famara Diedhiou's goal proved to be the difference at The City Ground and O'Neill knows that his side must continue to learn together.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I thought that the team were tentative in the first half, maybe that was to be expected. Maybe they were just over anxious and trying to impress a new manager, whatever it was. I thought we were on the back foot for most of the first half and I thought Bristol City controlled that part of the game.

"In the second half I thought we improved, we had some chances too and had we taken some of those the result would have been different. Overall, it was a big learning curve for me."

There was a special atmosphere before the game on O'Neill's return to the club and he was grateful for the reception he receives as he took his place in the dugout for the first time.

"I loved being back," he said. "It has been a bit surreal in the last couple of days; there has almost been no time to breathe. I came in, saw the players on Tuesday, then Thursday and yesterday.

"I was nervously excited by it all and maybe now, despite the defeat, it is an opportunity to take stock of everything and take it on from there.

"In terms of the atmosphere and the reception I got, I was obviously honoured."

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