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"We could have won it"

24 November 2019

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Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Watson believes despite playing the last half-hour with ten men, The Reds could have taken all three points away from Bristol City on Saturday.

A straight red card for Ryan Yates on 56 minutes made the trip to Ashton Gate even tougher for Forest but their superb work-rate helped them earned a deserved point and Watson insists they could have even gone for all three.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I think it is a good point. To play with ten men for so long, we'll take a point at the end of the game. I thought we were the better team in the first half and we created the better chances but when you go down to ten men you have to re-adjust, dig in and work extra hard and I thought we did that today.

"We restricted Bristol City to only one, maybe two, clear-cut chances and the rest were just ricochets inside the box. The boys dug in, they grafted and we've come away with a well-deserved point.

"Even with ten men we were able to give the ball for decent spells and that's because we've got good players. I honestly believe that we'll get better as the season continues and maybe if we'd had a little bit more belief today then we would have won the game."

Watson admits there were no complaints from the Forest dressing room regarding the sending-off and that the squad can take plenty of positives from an excellent performance against one of their fellow promotion contenders.

He said: "I didn't actually see the tackle but I'm told it's more the way Yatesy has gone in that has caused the red card. These things happen in football though and that is the way Yatesy is as a player, he's full-blooded and we see that every day in training.

"We started really brightly today and we had a few good chances, including Yatesy's one that was cleared off the line, and maybe we could have nicked it but it wasn't to be. We always say as a group that we start the game with a point so if we can't win it, make sure we don't lose it."

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