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15 September 2019

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Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Watson stressed the importance of not getting carried away despite the impressive nature of their 1-0 victory at Swansea City on Saturday.

Alfa Semedo's late strike gave Forest all three points at the Liberty Stadium and Watson says it was a great feeling to return from the international break with another positive result away from home.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It's a fantastic result. The first game after the international break is always difficult but it was a great game for us to have away from home against the league leaders. We just knew we had to keep doing what we've been doing in our away games and we've done it once again.

"I think we should have won the game by more. We were disappointed to go into half-time at 0-0 but we knew if we kept going and stuck to the gameplan that we'd get another chance and lucky enough we stuck one away at the end.

"Swansea are a good side, they're top of the league, and we know they like to knock the ball around so we knew we had to press high. We stole the ball from them on a few occasions which led to a few chances for us and that eventually led to the goal at the end."

Watson received plenty of praise for another excellent individual performance in South Wales but the midfielder believes he and his teammates should not be getting too excited despite their strong start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

He said: "I've said it before that it's not about me, it's about the team as a whole. I'm obviously pleased to be playing but we've got a fantastic group of players here and it's a good squad to be a part of. I'm just trying to go about my job and I'm delighted that the manager and the players alongside me appreciate what I'm doing.

"We're seven games in and we've had some good results but we don't want to get too carried away. All we can do is go about our business nice and quietly, let our football do the talking and keep picking up positive results along the way."

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