Lewis Grabban scored a brace to help Nottingham Forest secure one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Grabban scored the opener from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute before Jack Colback doubled their advantage with a well-struck volley just before half-time. The game was put to bed in the 70th minute when Grabban scored his second with a well-taken goal. Preston could not keep up their momentum after they inflicted a first defeat on league leaders Bournemouth.
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “I have seen it back and it is a clear penalty. The irony is that it was probably less of an obvious one than some of the previous penalty claims we have seen in previous games that were not given.” he added. “But I told the players before the game that you have to make your own luck. That comes with a good attitude, with good focus and concentration. We had a game plan and we backed ourselves to go out there and play well.”
Preston’s Frankie McAvoy: “Losing Pat 20 minutes into the game didn’t help us. But goals change games, along with decisions. I have seen their penalty back and I understand why the referee has given it but it doesn’t look like there is much contact there at all.” he added. “We didn’t defend well enough, the three goals were all poor ones to concede. We were shot-shy and didn’t do enough in the final third.”
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