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"A massive result"

28 January 2020

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi praised his players' attitude and character following the 1-0 win at Brentford.

The Reds turned in a hard-working and battling performance to inflict Brentford's first home defeat since November and Lamouchi was understandably thrilled by the result in West London.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It's a massive result in a difficult stadium against one of the toughest teams in the league. The players worked so hard, they stuck to the gameplan and I think we deserved this result. We defended so well against a really good side and it was a massive performance.

"Of course the goal had a bit of luck with it, with the deflection but it was a good strike. We knew then that Brentford had lots of creativity with the likes of Benrahma but we stuck with it, worked hard and because of that we have taken away a massive result.

"Brentford have one of the best attacks in the league so we knew we had to come here and disturb them, to not let them play. My players deserve all the congratulations tonight because they have come to a tough place and taken away a deserved victory."

Forest were unfortunate not to be awarded a second-half penalty following a clear foul on Lewis Grabban but Lamouchi was pleased to see his players shrug that decision off and go on to claim victory in the capital.

He said: "I think we should have had more than one goal. I think it is clear to everyone in the stadium that Lewis Grabban is pulled down inside the penalty area but, unlike at Chelsea, we have no VAR so the decision stays as it is.

"Every game in the Championship, home or away, is so tough and the season is so long. We still have a long, long way to go in this season, 17 games in fact, so we have to stay concentrated and focus on Birmingham on Saturday.

"I'm saying the same thing after every game at the moment, that I am so proud of the players. They have been working together for just seven months and they are showing a fantastic attitude and desire to get points and victories for Nottingham Forest."

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