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"Delighted to make it through"

9 January 2021

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton expressed his happiness at reaching the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup following a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at The City Ground.

The Reds fought hard for their first home victory over The Bluebirds since 2012 and Hughton was pleased to see his side make it six games unbeaten and record a fourth clean sheet in that run.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a battle and at times we made hard work of it. I thought we scored a really good goal early in the game to release that little bit of pressure and even though we did make hard work of it, I'm delighted that we held onto the lead and really pleased to have gone through into the fourth round.

"I was delighted with the way we defended in the second half and it was great to get another clean sheet but we put ourselves under a lot of pressure. We're aware that we need to keep the ball much better and get it into better areas but we were up against a really strong Cardiff side who gave us the type of game we expected and I'm pleased that we saw it out.

"The ideal scenario for any manager is that you keep clean sheets and score plenty of goals but we're finding goalscoring difficult at this moment. We're continuing to work hard on that but if you can't score many goals then it's important that you keep yourselves in games by not conceding many and that's what we're doing at the moment.

"I thought the entire back four were excellent today but we probably piled a little bit more pressure on them than we would have liked. We made it more uncomfortable for ourselves in the second half than we should have and I'm really pleased for the back four and Jordan Smith that they got the clean sheet they deserved.

"Whenever I'm asked about whether I'm taking this competition seriously then the answer is always yes. With the size of the squad we've got, it is nice to be able to give other players some minutes and I don't think the difference is massive between the players who played at Preston last weekend and those who featured today."

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