Chris Hughton, Nottingham Forest’s boss, is delighted that his side delivered a 1-0 victory over Rotherham.
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The weather has impacted the two clubs’ style of play in the first half. However, Forest managed to seal the three points courtesy of Yates impressive goal.
Rotherham had the chance to pull themselves level but Freddie Ladapo and Michael Smith’s attempts failed to go into the net.
It was a tough game. It was what we expected and if you are able to get an earlier goal it opens the game up a little bit more.
“We had to defend in numbers. It was quite difficult to get a real good rhythm in the game. Sometimes these kind of wins can be the most pleasing ones.
“At the moment, it’s a very happy changing room and sometimes that comes with this type of win.
“Rotherham are a good side. Nobody has beaten them convincingly and that was the case again. I thought we were the better side but it was a game that could have gone either way.”
Hughton has hailed Yates for his impressive display.
He added: “
It was an important role what he did for us and he capped it with a goal. I think when a midfield player scores there’s that little bit more excitement.
“He has all-round qualities but he is a very disciplined player with a physicality about him.”
blamed the hectic schedule for his squad’s fatigue.
“It was a little bit disappointing. The best team won. We just looked jaded really. With hindsight, I should have changed the team more.
“We didn’t have loads of options where our energy is in the middle of the pitch. I can’t criticise the lads because they have been amazing. They just had a little bit more guile than us.
“I thought they played us really well. I just felt we weren’t winning enough first contacts and that their set-pieces were more deadly than ours. They just had more stardust than us.
“We had a couple of half-chances later on. On another night one of those goes in. But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. We just need to pick them up and strap them up because there is another game on Saturday.
“We didn’t look at our best. I felt for the lads because they wanted to perform.”