Date: 25th April 2016 at 12:48pm
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Head coach Paul Williams has said that Nottingham Forest’s victory over Fulham at the weekend had been very long overdue for the side.

Taking the three one victory at Craven Cottage with goals coming from Robert Tesche and a Henri Lansbury brace, for Williams the difference was that it just clicked properly for the side, instead of just the flashes he’d seen from them in recent games.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site in his post game press conference, he spoke of his pleasure at seeing the result match the performance the players put in.

‘I enjoyed the result for the players. They gave us a performance today – with goals being the icing on the cake. I think we’ve had that coming. The lads controlled the game from start to finish in my opinion. We were brave on the ball in tight areas and credit to the back line too – they had to put their bodies on the line. We can now believe we’re a good team who can create chances. The all-round performance was pleasing and if we finish the season really well we can hopefully come back next season in the same frame of mind.’

With two matches left in the 2015/16 campaign, Williams went on to say that he is involved in helping to put plans together for next season to make the transition for whoever the new gaffer is, as smooth as possible as the club look to have a far better and more consistent year next time.

‘I’m in this chair until the end of the season and I think it’s my duty. The infrastructure has to be there – we have to start talking about what players the club want to bring in and also how we’re going to plan our pre-season. Ideally you don’t want to leave it late, you want to put next season’s building blocks in place now. We need a squad that’s going to be challenging because you look at the fans today – unbelievable support, overwhelming at times. As a club we need to give them more days like this.’

Chris Cohen was also interviewed after the game, and for him the performance from the players should’ve reminded everybody what the group can do – but now it’s about doing that in the next two matches so we can take it into next season.

‘It`s been a very frustrating and disappointing season in so many ways and results and performances like this probably make it more frustrating because it shows how good we can be. I thought we dominated the game. They had a 15-minute spell when Matt Smith came on – they pumped balls into our box and he caused a bit of a problem. Once we started keeping the ball we looked threatening again and having Henri Lansbury, who for me is our best player, playing in his best position is the way to win football matches.’

Having made his own return from injury and come back to more regular action, he went on to say.

‘The week around the Brentford game I didn`t feel great – I probably hit a bit of a brick wall having not had a pre-season. But the last thing I was going to do was go to the manager while we were losing games and say: ‘I probably need a bit of a rest.` As long as I get the opportunity to play I`ll do my best. I think we worked out that I`ve been out for three years of the last five in total, so just to be out there playing and enjoying football is fantastic for me. But it would be nice to be part of a successful side as well – that`s the most important thing.’

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