Ryan Yates was delighted to get on the scoresheet and help Nottingham Forest to an important 3-1 win against Huddersfield yesterday afternoon.
The midfielder came off the bench at half-time to help inspire a dominant second-half performance, while adding a goal himself to help secure the victory.
Speaking after the match, Yates said: “It was a nice moment. After having such a long break, and the disappointment of conceding the late goal last week, the most important thing was to get the win and I am delighted for the win and we have to back it up now against Bristol.
“The gaffer said to focus on the performance, and if that was right then we would win the game, and we did and that was our main aim.
“Whether I am starting or coming off the bench I just need to do my job to help the team. Of course I was disappointed not to start but I can’t be upset or anything as I came on at half-time and I need to be there for the team.”
It was the first time Forest had played behind closed doors, with cut-out of fans and flags the only support for the team inside the stadium with fans staying at home.
The circumstances created a strange atmosphere but Yates insists that the team had to remain focused on the task at hand.
“It was really strange,” he said. “Obviously when we are doing well it is an unbelievable atmosphere. You only have to look at the Leeds and Derby games for that.
“It would have been jumping today but we are professionals and we have to deal with the circumstances, whatever they are. It is not ideal but we know that everyone is at home supporting us and through social media.
“We just have to keep putting in good performances and most importantly putting points on the board.”