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"We showed character - we kept our heads"

John Swift on feisty encounter against Forest

14 January 2019

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John Swift says the Royals showed plenty of fight and intensity to overcome Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.


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The midfielder got on the scoresheet after firing in a first-time effort from Mo Barrow's square ball in the area, before Jack Robinson bundled in an own goal three minutes from time to make sure of the result.

Saturday's result brought the Royals back to within two points of escaping the bottom three, with 19 games still to be played in the Championship this season.

"It felt good - we're relieved," Swift said after the game. "I think the boys did really well, the whole team played really well, especially in the first half.

"We got control of the game and, to be honest, after the goal I thought we sat back a little bit, let them have too much of the ball.

"We showed some character, there were a few big tackles flying in and we kept our heads. They went down to nine men, we got the second goal and that took the pressure off, but the lads did really well.

"We looked to get hold of the ball and really take charge of the game. We got the goal, sat off a bit when we probably should have gone for two or three, but we showed character to get the second and finally get the three points."

Swift's goal was the product of a well-worked move that saw Barrow power down the right flank, before cutting back for Swift to place accurately in the bottom corner.

"It's been a long time coming I think!" Swift smiled. "I've been making loads of runs into the box, trying to get on the end of things and it finally came today.

"Mo's played a great ball inside, it fell at my feet, I got some good contact on it and it went in the back of the net.

"I felt more relief than anything that I could finally help the team to a win.

"Forest going down to 10 men helped up get more possession of the ball, but I think that's when we've got to be more clinical - get hold of the ball, take charge of the game and really push on for the second goal.

"They ended up with nine men and then we got the second goal, but it's good to come off the pitch with three points."


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