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O’Neill on Hull victory

9 March 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was delighted with the contribution of his substitutes to help The Reds win the game against Hull City this afternoon.

Joao Carvalho and Karim Ansarifard both came off the bench to score before Joe Lolley's penalty sealed a comfortable victory at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game, O'Neill said: "It was great. Obviously, we are delighted to have won the game. The game was drifting and it needed that little spark and it was provided by Joao and it was a magnificent goal to win the game.

"That got us going, then Joe Lolley makes a great run, hits the post and we follow that in with Karim and then what seems a very decent afternoon and it turned out that way.

"It was a tough old first half and I said to the players that if there are games like this here and it has to be a grind, let us win games instead of getting beaten in them. That is what happened and the substitutes had a very important part to play in the game.

"Naturally, Joao's goal I am ecstatic about and he is too. That will give him a massive boost of confidence. Karim scores and we win the game. That said, despite the fact that it was a grind, I thought there were some excellent performances there today.

"Pele starting his first game for us, I thought he was absolutely outstanding and Darikwa has probably played his best game since I have been here. Ben Osborn did great and I think that Joe Lolley is an outstanding talent."


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