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Chris Hughton on Derby draw

23 October 2020

Manager Chris Hughton had mixed feelings about Nottingham Forest’s performance after the 1-1 draw against Derby County.

A disappointing first-half performance saw The Reds trail but an improvement after the break saw Forest draw level and secure a share of the spoils in the East Midlands derby.

Speaking after the game, Hughton said: “It was good and bad. I wasn’t too happy with the first half performance, we needed to be better on the ball and movement needed to be better against a team that, with the formation that they played, were happy to defend in a good shape and have got good quality off that.

“When you are up against a team that are going to play that way, the obligation is on us to perform better and in the first half we didn’t.

“Certainly, we were better in the second half and I don’t think that is just down to conceding a goal and we had to push for it, I just think we showed more desire to get on the ball, braver to get on the ball and those are the sort of characteristics we have got to show more of in the first half.”

The introduction of Anthony Knockaert at half time added fresh impetus to the Forest attack, a move which pleased Hughton with the improvement in performance levels.

He said: “I think we were able to get into the spaces more and I felt we were going to push harder in the second half. When you are a team like Derby that have had a difficult time, you are 1-0 up and the decisions are whether to get the second one or protect a little bit.

“I felt we would get more of the ball, particular in the wide areas and I think Anthony had a good impact on that second half.

“He has bundles of energy and enthusiasm and sometimes it is about calming him down a bit. We didn’t create too many clear chances, but we had more of the ball in their half than they did in the second half and we put ourselves in a position to create far more chances.”

Lyle Taylor scored his first goal in the Garibaldi to level the scores, a moment that pleased Hughton and he was also pleased to get plenty of minutes into the frontman’s legs.

He said: “I’m delighted for him, he hasn’t played a lot of 90 minutes and hasn’t played the amount of games over a long period, since the last six months.

“We weren’t sure if he would go the full 90 minutes, so I am pleased for him and it surprised me a little bit and that is good news going forward.

“If you are a number nine, what you want to do is score goals and particularly in this game.”

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