Boss makes admission on Nottingham Forests performance after important victory – Nottinghamshire Live

Boss makes admission on Nottingham Forests performance after important victory – Nottinghamshire Live

Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton hailed his side’s character after they came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win against Coventry City.

Sky Blues forward Max Biamou had given Mark Robins’ side the lead with a crisp finish but the Reds hit back to level through Lewis Grabban.

After going in level at the break, Forest then found the breakthrough when Cyrus Christie’s terrific cross hit Michael Rose and went in.

Coventry responded valiantly and laid siege to the visitors’ goal late on, with Brice Samba making a fine save to deny Matty James.

Hughton was pleased with the victory which lifted Forest to 19th in the table but felt they made life hard for themselves.

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“We were good first half, but allowed them too much possession and too many balls into the box which didn’t make it as comfortable for us as we would like,” he said.

“Coventry are a good side at home, they don’t lose many and they’ve been together a good while. They are well-drilled and at the end, you could see we were hanging on.

“Sometimes you can get a lot from that type of victory.

“I did hear it has been quite a while since we came back to win a game after the opposition took the lead, so that is a plus.

Coventry City’s Viktor Gyokeres leaps over Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall
(Image: PA)

“We showed really good character. I enjoyed the first-half performance. We were good. Young James Garner, who came in for his debut, had an effect on the game.

“But we let the levels drop in the second and sometimes when you take the lead, it’s that balance between protecting a lead or trying to get another goal.

“In the end, we ended up dropping a little bit too deep but we had to defend really well, which we did.”

The game was marred by a serious injury to Coventry striker Amadou Bakayoko who was knocked out following an accidental collision with goalkeeper Brice Samba.

The game was delayed for around eight minutes before he left the pitch on a stretcher and was taken to hospital.

Hughton said: “I must admit when the game was going on for the final two and a half minutes, you are concerned even though he’s not our player.

“That’s just natural. At this moment in time, I don’t know how he is, but I will try to find out how he is.”

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