Sat 27 February 2021 | 9:53

Hughton: “Garner’s a very level-headed young man”

Chris Hughton, the Nottingham Forest boss, revealed that he would not make exaggerated claims regarding Manchester United’s loanee James Garner following his first league goal.

Manchester United


James Garner

, who played the first half of the campaign with


, met the target and helped his side take the lead before Colin Kazim-Richards pulled them level.

Chris Hughton

, however, is taking his responsibility seriously, saying: “

He took a little while to get into the game because the middle of the pitch was a bit bobbly, but he grew into the match.

“He’s a very level-headed young man and our biggest responsibility now is not to build him up too much and give him a good education like he had at Watford during the first half of the season.”

Hughton believed that his side should have furthered their advantage, adding: “

They were probably better than us in possession in the first half, but they didn’t really threaten our goal.

“We still needed to be better, though, and we were in the second half, but our biggest failing was not finishing the game off.

“It wasn’t as if we were hanging on – we got in some really good areas but didn’t get the second goal and then, the goal they got – which was a wonderful strike – can always happen after they went very direct with 10 minutes to go.

“The players are down and the timing of the goal makes it more disappointing.

“Two months ago, we would have been happy with a point away from home against a team in good form, so that sums up where we are at the moment because the disappointment isn’t just because it’s happened in a match against Derby.”

Derby County


Wayne Rooney

admitted that earning the one point was fortunate after their poor performance in the second half of the game.

He said: “

They scored against the run of the play in the first half and we did in the second.

“I thought we were excellent for the first 30 minutes and were causing Forest problems, not in terms of the chances we were creating, but we were making them run and work and they did not know how to press us.

“Our heads dropped, though, after we conceded the goal. We were losing second balls and almost let Forest in three or four times ourselves.

“Every time we went forward, we were also in the wrong positions and it wasn’t good enough or how I want to play and we need to understand that, when we do go behind, you can’t lose focus or get nervous.

“You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing, so I’m pleased to come away with a point because it could have been a lot worse. But it was a great strike by Colin and I’ll credit the lads for staying in the game.”

source: SportMob

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