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O'Neill thrilled by late comeback

30 March 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was impressed by his side's character and determination as they came from a goal down to beat Swansea City.

A late strike from Connor Roberts looked set to give The Swans all three points but Forest hit back with headers from Daryl Murphy and Molla Wague to leave the manager admiring his team's mental fortitude.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was a very difficult game for us but we're delighted with the win. Swansea are a really good footballing side who played superbly against Manchester City last time out and they've been doing that for most of the season.

"A number of the players looked tired as we'd chased Swansea for the majority of the first half so our energy levels were well down by the time we scored our second goal but we saw the game through and that was very pleasing.

"I thought the substitutes had a real impact on the game. Daryl obviously came on and grabbed the equaliser while I thought Pele really came into his own at times and he made some strong runs through the middle third."

The game was played in front of yet another sold-out crowd at The City Ground and O'Neill was delighted to send the home supporters away with three points in the bag.

He said: "We stuck at it today and scored two set-pieces to win the game when people might have thought it was lost which shows a real fighting spirit about us. We had another big crowd in today and it was important to send them home happy.

"It will be difficult to get into the top six, we know that, and we know that we need a big improvement to get there. This is just the start of an eight-game season for us and we've taken a win from the first one so we're delighted."

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