Nottingham Forest interim head coach Steven Reid insisted his side were fully confident they would get something out of their trip to Huddersfield at the end of a “sad week” that saw manager Chris Hughton sacked.
Hughton was dismissed on Thursday with Forest stuck at the bottom of the Championship table with only one point from their opening seven games.
Interim Forest boss Steven Reid pays tribute to Chris Hughton's work at the club
Reid was handed the reins for this weekend and saw his side claim their first league win of the season as Lewis Grabban’s first-half opener and Lee Nicholls’ second-half own goal earned a 2-0 win at Huddersfield.
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Reid said: “We enjoyed the moment but we can’t get away from the sad week it has been with losing Chris – a superb manager, the man who brought me to the club and a man I have so much respect for.
“Finding ourselves in a position in the league of where we are it was important that we got something out of the game, we were fully confident.
“I’ve got to say, the lads fought to the end and made sure they realised what a club it is and the expectations of the fans and I think they delivered that today.
“The second half of the first half it was difficult. Sometimes you can get picked off but we soaked up the pressure and that second goal knocked them out of their stride a little bit. We put our bodies on the line when we needed to.
“I think the best way I felt was to match them up. In the first half, we won the ball back in some decent areas of the pitch.”
Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield had been looking to secure a fifth win of the campaign and one which would have left them level on 16 points with second-placed Fulham.
Reid added: “They’ve started the season well, Carlos has been able to produce. They’re a good side, but it was our best opportunity to get players into decent areas. (Joe) Lolley, Grabbs and Brennan (Johnson) found themselves in dangerous areas. We played to our strengths.
“It was the slowest second half in the world, I can tell you that! It was one of those, you score and you want the game to be over.”
The search for a permanent manager at Forest goes on but, with a first win of the season under their belt with Steven Reid in charge, things are at least looking a bit more positive on the red half of Nottingham.
By PA Sport Staff