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We earned the victory

17 October 2020

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his side’s efforts as they secured a late victory at Blackburn Rovers.

Joe Lolley’s injury-time strike had an element of fortune about it, deflecting past goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, and Hughton felt that The Reds had earned that slice of luck to secure their first three points of the season in his first game in charge.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was tough going up against a really good side, and it showed why they have had the start to the season that they have had.

“We had to defend well at times as a group but I thought in the end, we created some decent chances and were probably the one team that was going to show that little bit of quality or get that little bit of luck, which is what we did, was going to win the game.

“I think we did earn it. When you are the away team that comes to a side in good form, and you put in the type of performance that we did, a real gritty performance and a hard-working performance, sometimes as the away team you have earned that right.

“If something fortunate goes your way then you would like to think you have earned it  because of the work that has led to that.

“The pleasing thing for me was as the game went on, they were going to have good periods because of the way they play and the type of players that they have got, but we finished strongly.

“The longer you are in the game, the players get that more encouragement but you are reliant on the players that can turn something for you and it is either going to be a bit of quality to get that goal or a bit of fortune and we will take it for what it is.”

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