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Watch | Nathan Jones reacts to Nottingham Forest win!

15 April 2022

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Nathan Jones praised a brilliant team performance and memorable atmosphere as the Hatters bounced back to earn a big win against play-off rivals Nottingham Forest.

Thanks to Kal Naismith’s first-half penalty, the Hatters leapfrogged their opponents into fourth on a sunny afternoon at Kenilworth Road.

Reflecting on the Good Friday victory, the gaffer said: “Praise the lord on a very religious day that we have got three points. It was a magnificent performance, first half I thought we were outstanding, we weren’t going to be able to keep up that momentum, especially considering the decimation of players we’ve had and we weren’t able to bring real game-changers on.

“What a performance, first half we were brilliant, really, really good. We had to dig in, defend our box well and we did apart from two shots. Sheasy made a good save and they hit the post, I can’t remember them having anything else.

Jones heaped further praise on his players by saying: “We keep going, that’s the character in this group and the belief we have in what we do. We asked them to do something different today and I thought tactically we were superb.

"Two of the outstanding young individuals in the league this year have been Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence. We went with Amari’i Bell and Fred Onyedinma against them and felt we were exceptional. Tactically we were brilliant, we went up against a top side and managed to get the win.

Finally, the Welshman commented on the atmosphere generated by the 10,070 fans inside Kenilworth Road, adding: “We made a big thing of it before the game and said they will be with us from the start so it was about keeping with them.

"You have to keep being us, being front-footed, put balls in the box, press and give them something to get behind. These were the games we wanted, these are the games we’ve had six months into my team here where we built momentum. What an atmosphere, what an afternoon!”

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