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Samba delighted with spot-kick stop

20 February 2021

Brice Samba was delighted to save a penalty to help Nottingham Forest to a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

The keeper conceded the foul in the area but made amends to keep out Adam Armstrong’s penalty kick and help The Reds to a vital three points at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I am happy tonight because we got the three points, that is the most important thing. We played well and we deserved it.

“I was talking with Nick [Colgan] the goalkeeping coach and we looked at Armstrong before as the penalty taker for Blackburn, I thank God because I guessed the right side and I am happy tonight.  

“I try to feel and choose a side before he is going to kick it. It is difficult and I need to focus on where it is going, but I am happy tonight to make the save and to take the three points.”

The result meant another clean sheet for The Reds, a fourth shut out in the last six games, and Samba said that it is down to the hard work the team puts in on the training pitch and in games.

He said: “We work a lot and we talk a lot with the gaffer to find solutions as we conceded a lot of goals before. Now we are more strong and solid, we know that but we need to keep going like this and take it step by step.

“We have played well, we are stronger and more solid and we are not conceding a lot of goals. We need to keep like this and stay focused, that is the most important and to win the maximum amount of games.”

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