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The all-important result

22 September 2019

Joe Lolley was pleased with the way Nottingham Forest showed plenty of character to get the vital three points against Barnsley yesterday.

Ben Watson struck the only goal of the game at The City Ground as The Reds dug in to grind out the victory and add more points to their tally.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was important to get the win and two wins in a row which we struggled with last year and we hadn’t done so far this season. It was important and they played really well in the second half to be fair to them; it was a tough game in the conditions with how warm it was but we battled through it and came out with the win.

“It was a bit nerve wracking watching the last 10 minutes but we got the job done. There were some great defensive displays, with Brice in goal too, but we got the job done.

“It is a tough league, every side is a good side. Barnsley came here and I thought in the first half we dominated and should have been a few goals up. In the second half I thought they were the better team and we have scored against the run of play and managed to hold on.

“It is the Championship, it is a tough league and no one remembers how you played at the end of the season as long as the results are there.”

The victory means it is nine games unbeaten for The Reds and Lolley knows that it is the fine margins which can make all the difference if Forest are going to remain near the top of the table.

He said: “It is a tough league and the little margins make all the difference. Last week and this week, you wouldn’t say there was much in the games and either side could win the games.

“It is just a little bit of character and a bit of desire to win the game, on the break and going forward. We counter attacked today and Ben Watson is there, the holding midfielder, scoring the goal and at the end people were putting their body on the line to win the game.

“Those little differences get you up the league and we are nine unbeaten now so hopefully we can keep it going.

“You don’t look at the league table too much at this time, but if the other teams are looking up at you then it has been a good start.”

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