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'Excellent' effort pleases Hughton

28 October 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his side’s endeavours as they battled to a point at Luton Town.

Nicholas Ioannou’s red card just before half-time, added to Glen Rea’s opener for the hosts, looked like giving The Reds a mountain to climb but a second-half performance full of character saw Forest come away with a deserved point.

Speaking after the game, Hughton said: “Under the circumstances, yes it is a good point, and the disappointment is that we started the game really well. We were quite bright and probably in the games I have managed so far, it is the brightest we have started.

“I am looking forward to us developing and what we need to be doing is scoring goals, particularly in periods of games when we are having our better spells.

“After the sending off, it was always going to be difficult. The chances were going to be minimal but what I thought we did really well was we restricted them to probably their best chance right at the end and we managed to score ourselves.”

Hughton was delighted with the application of his side to regroup after the sending off, keep things tight at the back and find the crucial leveller.

He said: “The effort that the players put in was excellent. They know they needed to make sure we didn’t concede a second and that is incredibly hard work off the ball.

“When you are a man short and are going into a 4-4-1 shape, you have to get good support from the wide areas and I felt Anthony and Joe, at every opportunity they had to join in with Lyle Taylor, they took that.

“We also had a back four that defended really well and when you add all of those things up, I think we got the point that we deserved.”

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