Nottingham Forest victory ‘vital’ on tense day at the City Ground, says Mark Warburton


Mark Warburton admitted Nottingham Forest’s win over Sheffield United was a “vital” result.

Goals from Jason Cummings and Kieran Dowell helped the Reds bounce back from behind to claim what felt like a hugely significant 2-1 win over the Blades, bringing a halt to a run of three consecutive Championship defeats, as they head into the international break.

The Forest boss admitted his side had not played as well as they had done against Fulham, but was pleased with the character they showed, amid a nervy atmosphere at the City Ground.

John Lundstram had initially given United the lead after only two minutes, leaving the Reds with work to do – but they responded to battle their way to three points.

Sheffield United celebrate taking an early lead

“It is a vital three points because of the recent run of results – and I mean results, not performances. You could sense the tension on and off the pitch, so it felt like a very important three points,” said Warburton.

“We played very well on Tuesday night against Fulham and came away with nothing. We did not hit the same heights this afternoon, but came away with three points.

“We could have scored two more goals at the end of the first half, with a header from Daryl (Murphy) and Jason (Cummings) on his right foot – it fell on his wrong foot, for him.

“There are lessons to be learned from this, of course – but the most important thing is that we go into the international break with a victory, following a poor run of results.

“We have to learn, but you only learn from your mistakes. We made a couple of mistakes early in this season and we are talking here about what we can do better and what we can improve on; we are talking about dropped points – but we are still in the top half of the table.

“This is a young team that is still learning and it was a test of character today. There was a lot of nerves, frustration and anxiety, but they responded really well.”

Jason Cummings scores for Nottingham Forest

Warburton was again frustrated to see his side go behind, particularly so early in the game.

But he hopes his young players will have learned a valuable lesson from the experience of a battling encounter with the high-flying Blades.

“We could have cleared the danger ahead of their goal four times. We tried to overplay in our area and we were punished for it,” said Warburton.

“But it was a great response. We need to take care of the football. That is the best thing to do when you are under pressure.

“There was a lot of tension today and the players responded to it.

“We want to go into the international break on a positive. We want to be positive on the training ground and we want to see the boys get their rewards. We did not play anything near as well as we had against Fulham today.

“That is the bizarre nature of the game. We made minimal changes to the team because we have belief in the players and they did well on Tuesday night.

“We showed faith in those players, but also knew that our bench was really strong if we needed to make changes.”



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