Nottingham Forest secured back-to-back home wins for the first time since July thanks to two goals from Lyle Taylor which saw off a resurgent Wycombe Wanderers side.
It capped off a good week before the international break for The Reds and their new boss Chris Hughton which saw them move five points clear of their opponents on Saturday, who currently occupy the final relegation spot in the Championship.
It was a professional performance from Forest against The Chairboys and Hughton was cautiously positive about the direction his team is going in, with some tough fixtures to come after the international break.
On the game
Forest were the better team for large portions of the game, with the home side holding 60% possession and creating the better chances.
Despite this, there were periods, particularly in the second half, where Wycombe really pushed for a goal and Hughton was keen to express his satisfaction with his team’s resilience.
“We came up against a really tough team,” he said “We had to work hard and defend really well and wait for the good opportunities.
“I am delighted in the end because you can’t do is underestimate the quality of the opposition and how hard we are having to work to get results.”
On closing out the win
The scoreline suggests it was a comfortable win for the home side and the Forest boss believed there were big opportunities to extend their lead even further.
The 61-year-old explained: “The only disappointing thing was at 2-0 the game was stretched; they were really going for it and I think we had two or three opportunities to extend that lead.
“The ‘keeper has made a great save from Harry Arter and I think we got into a couple of positions which I think we could’ve made more of.”
On Lyle Taylor and Miguel Guerrero
Taylor undoubtedly played his best game in a Forest shirt on Saturday with two well-taken goals pushing his side to a much-needed victory.
Alongside Guerrero, who replaced Joe Lolley in the starting line-up against Wycombe, Taylor looked dangerous throughout and Hughton was pleased with both their outputs.
“I am pleased for Lyle,” said the Forest manager. “It was a really good cross for the first goal, but the second goal was all his and it was a fabulous finish. When you’re a striker you want to score goals and it brings you confidence when you do.
“What we have got in both of them [Taylor and Guerrero] are two players who haven’t played a lot of full games in the last few months so I think there is more to come from both of them.
Guerrero is a player that the new man in the hot seat is still assessing as a player, yet he was pleased with how he played the link-up role and sees some versatility in the Spanish forward.
“I have to admit he [Guerrero] is somebody that I’m still learning about when I came in,” Hughton confessed. “I didn’t really know much about him.
“I think in the type of game that we had today we needed someone to link the play, which is either going to be a midfielder or a front player that can drop off and work in between and I think he [Guerrero] did that really well.”
On the centre-back partnership
Forest kept a clean sheet on Saturday, ending a run of five games without one, but that does not mean they did not have to do their fair share of defending.
Scott McKenna and Tobi Figueiredo were solid throughout and their boss is pleased with the level of understanding they are developing as a centre-back partnership.
Hughton exclaimed: “I have been delighted with both of them and particularly in this division they have got to be constantly competing and since I have been here, they have played every game.
“I think they have forged a good partnership; Tobi [Figueiredo] has obviously been here a while, and Scott [McKenna] hasn’t so I have been delighted with how they have adapted to each other.”