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A hard-fought point

11 July 2020

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Sabri Lamouchi’s was pleased with his side’s endeavour and commitment as Nottingham Forest secured a battling point on the road at Preston this afternoon.

Lewis Grabban’s 20th goal of the season put The Reds in front before Jayden Stockley’s equaliser 10 minutes later, and Lamouchi felt it was a good point against a rival for the play-off positions.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a hard-fought point. We started the game in the right way. It was crucial to score first for the confidence in the rest of the game.

“It was a fair result, a good point and I am happy for the boys because they never give up, they are focused and serious. After many games in a few days they are very concentrated, looking forward and they know they have to keep going.

“One point is a good result and now we need to think about the next one. We will watch Swansea play Leeds tomorrow, we play Swansea on Wednesday, Barnsley on Saturday and Stoke the week after.

“There are many games but the players are a team and they try. We can play a lot o better and in the first half we missed some chances with the transition.

“We played a hard game. They played a lot of long balls with a lot of duels but it was a good point and I am happy for the point. Job done.”

Lamouchi was frustrated that his side were drawn into matching Preston’s direct style in the first half but was pleased with the defensive resolve shown by The Reds to withstand the pressure.

He said: “It is important to try to win the game. We showed that we wanted to get the result, unfortunately it wasn’t the case. We suffered with the long balls and corners but Brice was perfect, the back four were perfect, the midfield suffered a lot but they were focused.

“Unfortunately we tried to play like them in the first half, I don’t know why. We need to take more time, be more patient, move the ball and switch when necessary. To try to play like them was a mistake in the first half but to manage each game is different.

“Derby and Fulham with possession and high quality, then today with long ball and direct football is totally different. The players will never give up and we need to go back home, train tomorrow and think about Swansea on Wednesday.”

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