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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Lamouchi pleased with Luton victory but ‘it wasn’t fantastic’

Joe Lolley produced a fine performance to score twice and help The Reds to victory.

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi was pleased to win against Luton this afternoon but knows his side can perform much better.

An improved second-half display saw The Reds hit the front before ultimately securing a comfortable victory at The City Ground.

Speaking after the game, Lamouchi said: “We deserved the three points, but it was not fantastic. The reaction was good but the way we played the first half was not so good. We were much better in the second half, enough to win the game.

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“Of course, I am happy with the result to win at home with full support from our fans. For the future and the rest of the season, it was really important but we need to play much better than what we played, especially in the first half.

“I don’t know why we started like this, we suffered a lot and we couldn’t make three passes in a row. Fortunately, we equalised before the break and we started the second half with a different attitude and the commitment was much better than the first half.”

Joe Lolley produced a fine performance to score twice and help The Reds to victory, a performance that Lamouchi wants to see more of from Forest’s number 23, and he knows that his side are giving everything they have got to help push the team on.

“We want to see Joe Lolley every game, at home and away because he is a key player for us,” he said. “He can make the difference any time he wants. Today, he was the man of the match and I know his quality, everyone knows his quality.

“We will need all the players in the squad because the season is long, tough and very difficult for everybody.

“They deserve to be where they are because they are working hard, they have quality, they play as a team. I am so proud of my players and this squad, they are friends, they are family and they are involved in this project.

“Nobody can say what will happen at the end of the season; my job is to bring the maximum from each player, then at the end of the season we have no regrets.”