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Lolley: The perfect result

18 October 2020

Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley said the 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers was the perfect start for new manager Chris Hughton.

The wide-man struck in injury-time to secure Forest’s first points of the season and he felt it was deserved with the way the game panned out at Ewood Park.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I’ve not seen it back but I have scored enough good goals to warrant one of those. Just the three points is massive, with the way we started the season and everything that has happened with the change.

“To come here to a team in really good form, they’re a good opponent and we worked really hard and we are relieved to get the three points.

“We have come here and they have had the lion share of the ball but we have controlled the game and I don’t think they caused us too many problems, I can’t remember Brice making a save.

“We defended well as a team, we had chances on the counter and if anyone was going to score I felt it was going to be us.

“It has been tough, we have massive expectations at the club. We have great players, obviously a new manager and we just wanted to get off to a good start.

“To be honest, a point wouldn’t have been a bad start but to get all three is just perfect.”

After a tough start to the season, it was an impressive away performance against a Rovers side who had started the season strongly, and Lolley feels there is still plenty of time left in the season to make it a successful one.

He said: “The new manager has come in and implemented ideas and has a great track record. Everyone is delighted to be working under him and the fact that it is just four games into the season, it very much feels like the season hadn’t even started for us.

“It is a good start, we just have to make sure we continue that into Tuesday.

“The Championship is a long season, a few years back Villa were mid-table then pushed themselves up to get promoted having been mid-table with 10 or so games to go. I remember Brentford last year were down near the bottom after about 15 games so it is a long season, especially after only four games.

“Our ambitions are high this year, especially after the investment the club have made and the squad we have got, we are looking to do good things.”

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