Hudson-Odoi brace, Yates landmark, Williams latest - Nuno reacts to big Nottingham Forest win

Callum Hudson-Odoi scores Nottingham Forest's third goal at Sheffield United.
Callum Hudson-Odoi scores Nottingham Forest's third goal at Sheffield United. -Credit:George Wood

Nottingham Forest gave their survival hopes a huge boost as they claimed a big 3-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

A Ben Brereton Diaz penalty early on left the visitors with work to do. But they responded with a Callum Hudson-Odoi brace and Ryan Yates’ first Premier League strike to clinch an important victory.

The result moved the Reds three points clear of the relegation zone with two games left to play. Below is a look at what Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo had to say after the final whistle.

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On the win…

“It was huge for us. It shows a lot after we conceded, to react and to go in level at half-time. But we have to realise that during the first half, we survived. They were much better than us. They had a lot of chances. Matz (Sels) did well and kept us in the game.

“Second half was totally different. We were much better. Better organisation, more dominant, more in control and produced good moments. We scored and had chances to score even more goals.

“I’m really happy. Happy for the fans because they supported us and helped us survive the final minutes of the first half.

“We have to keep on going. It is not over. It is a big step but we still have two games to go.”

On moving closer to safety…

“I think it is an important step; a very important step. But we still have to prepare and go because it is not over.

“We still have two hard games to play. The next one (against Chelsea) is going to be very important for us at the City Ground. Let’s try there.”

On Hudson-Odoi’s brace…

"He did well. Second half he did really well because the team was able to produce movements to isolate him in areas where he becomes more dangerous with the one-v-ones. Overall in the second half we produced a lot of offensive situations that we could have scored from.

“We still keep on pushing and believing that Callum can do much more. All of our players have a lot of aspects to improve and we have to improve as a team because the first half was not a good one.”

On Yates scoring…

“I am very happy for him, of course. He has made 201 appearances for the club, we know what he means and what he feels.

“I’m happy, but I value more the hard work he put in in the middle of the park with all the duels. When the game was scrappy, Yates gives us these things. This is what we count on Yates (for) but I am happy with the goal.”

On Sels’ performance…

“He kept us in the game with his saves and with his one-v-ones. This is what we want from our goalkeeper, to keep our team in the game. He did well, he helped the team. Good.”

On Neco Williams’ injury…

“He has an injury. Let’s see this week. It’s tough. The assessment that we have, I think for the next one it is going to be hard. Let’s hope for the final one.

“I hope he can still play this season, if not against Chelsea then against Burnley. Let’s be positive and hope for the best.”

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