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The perfect response

15 February 2020

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi praised his side's mental fortitude following their 2-2 draw at league leaders West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds produced a display full of heart and desire, typified by Matty Cash's stoppage-time strike to earn a point, and the boss was delighted to see his team show a reaction to Tuesday's disappointing defeat at home to Charlton Athletic.

Speaking after the game he said: "I'm so proud of the performance and of the mentality of my players because we've twice had to come back from a goal behind. We played with character and with personality but most importantly we didn't give up. It is a great point in a tough stadium against the league leaders.

"We created two clear-cut chances in the first half and should have taken the lead but unfortunately one mistake gave them the first goal. From that point on, I really liked the character of my players because they fought until the very end and they wanted to take at least a point.

"West Brom were celebrating their two goals so much because they know we are in the race and they wanted to knock us out of it. A performance like this is really positive for the final 13 games of the season but we just need to stay consistent and keep ourselves in the race."

Referee Keith Stroud caused anger for both teams following a string of questionable decisions but Lamouchi didn't want to dwell on the officials and preferred only to focus on his side's display.

He said: "Everyone can have a bad day and everyone can make some mistakes. On Tuesday, we had a bad night and we deserved the criticism. Today I think the referee had a difficult game but we have to help him, we have to give him some tools which will help him to make the correct decisions.

"It was clear to everyone in the stadium that there should have been a red card for Livermore for the foul on Yuri Ribeiro and we should have had a penalty for handball inside their penalty area.

"I don't want to stand here and talk about the referee all night though. I want to be positive about my players and about their performance this afternoon. We have fought hard for this point and I think it will be an important point for us at the end of the season."

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