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O'Neill on Bolton victory

5 May 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill was pleased to end the campaign with a win against Bolton but knows his side can perform better.

Joe Lolley's first-half strike decided the contest at The City Ground and O'Neill was pleased to finish the season on a high.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I think the players, and maybe the supporters, had got caught up with the situation at Bolton as much as anything else so it was one of those afternoons.

"Winning the game, for us, just to finish on a high with three consecutive victories is important but overall we can play a lot better.

"Once we got the goal, I was hoping the adrenaline rush would take us through and we would get the second goal. We had a great chance in the second half and it would have been nice to win convincingly. I thought we were in command of the game without being explosive."

The victory made it three wins in a row, as well as three consecutive clean sheets, and O'Neill will be hoping to take this form into the start of next season.

He said: "I think the wins, sometimes it can happen that way that you can get a couple of clean sheets and you might have a little bit of luck along the way.

"Overall, we have defended pretty stoutly in these games. It was a difficult last half hour against QPR where Pantilimon makes the save from the penalty and that helps us keep the clean sheet.

"Naturally, we have a lot of work to do and we know this ourselves which is important. The players in the dressing room have had an honest assessment of the season, but overall we have improved from last year which is good news and there are things to look forward to for next season and we are upbeat."

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