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Joe Lolley: ‘Victory was a vital one – we need to stay focused’

Lolley proved to be the match-winner with two excellent strikes either side of half-time.

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Nottingham Forest midfielder Joe Lolley says The Reds’ 3-1 win over Luton Town on Sunday was a vital one in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.

Lolley proved to be the match-winner with two excellent strikes either side of half-time and he believes the victory showed the strength of belief within the dressing room after The Reds were made to come from a goal down to claim all three points at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a much-needed three points. We were a bit slow to get going in the first half but we battled well and given how the results went for us yesterday, it was important to get the win. We put that pressure on ourselves because we want to be successful and thankfully we delivered today.

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“Our home form hasn’t been the best this season but it was testament to our character that we were able to bounce back from being 1-0 down and get the three points. We had to stay patient and stick to the gameplan and we knew that the chances would present themselves, then it was just a case of taking those opportunities.

“My first goal wasn’t the best strike in the world and I got a bit lucky with it but you have to take what you can get and after that I thought we pretty much controlled the rest of the game.

“In terms of productivity and scoring two important goals it was probably my best performance of the season so far. I didn’t think I started the game too well, maybe it was the 12 o’clock kick-off! After 15 minutes or so I felt myself getting into the game and took it on from there.

“We know what the Championship is like. There have been times this season where we’ve thought we’re going to win every game and then we’ve been brought back down to earth with a few bad results so we just need to stay focused and concentrate on Wednesday’s game.

“Other teams above us probably feel a bit more pressure than we do because we’re chasing them down but there’s no point concentrating on their results, we just have to do our own job first.”

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