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A terrific victory

26 January 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill praised his side's performance levels in the 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.

Goals from Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura put Forest back on the winning trail and the manager was delighted to earn his first three points as Reds boss.

He said:"It was terrific to win the game. I thought we did excellently, scored three great goals and there were some excellent performances out there this afternoon. I felt we deserved to win the match when you look at the 90 minutes as a whole. 

"I've got to know the players much more over this week and I think that is very important. We've been working hard on the training ground and I thought we executed some things really and other things need a little more work.

"The response the players gave this afternoon was terrific. I felt the game was a little bit messy in the first half, very stop-start, but Joe Lolley gave us the lead with a fantastic strike and despite then conceding a poor goal, we fought back really well.

"The crowd were absolutely terrific I have to say. They kept the players going right until the end even when they were tiring and they would have had an even bigger part to play if the penalty had gone in at 3-1."

O'Neill raised a few eyebrows with his starting line-up but insisted that he is still learning about his players and the formations that will best suit their strengths.

He said: "I'm really not out to surprise people with my team selection. I played two up front last weekend but I felt that didn't really work well for us. Today we selected a slightly different side to play in a different formation and it got the result for us.

"I was going to substitute Adlene Guedioura in any case because he looked tired but he popped up with a super goal to give us that two-goal cushion. Hopefully now that will give him some confidence, as it will for the rest of the team.

"Joe Lolley is a proper player. With a little bit of tuition, he will improve massively but the main thing is he has the willingness to learn. When we really needed someone to break the deadlock today, he produced a goal of outstanding quality."

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