Cotterill hails Lynch's recovery
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill has hailed Joel Lynch for making up for his error in their 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Last Updated: 24/03/12 7:10pm
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill has hailed defender Joel Lynch for making up for his error in his side's 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Championship on Saturday.
Lynch conceded the free-kick from which Sam Vokes gave Brighton a 63rd minute lead at the City Ground, but he forced home the leveller in the fourth minute of added time.
Cotterill was pleased with Lynch's recovery after committing the error and lavished praise on him.
"Lynchy redeemed himself by scoring right at the end because he gave away the free-kick by feeling that he had to win every header," he said.
"He's a big, strong boy and wants to win everything but on that occasion he didn't have to and gave a silly free-kick away.
"In the end we were pleased with the draw but we were disappointed we only got a point today because we deserved all three.
"We didn't get into our stride early in the game, maybe because the 7-3 win over Leeds in midweek was huge, but after that we dominated it and the boys deserved more than they got.
"Two things stood out for me - our team spirit to keep going and the supporters, who were magnificent.
"There was a connection today and the fans realised we played some fantastic football at times. They stayed with us right to the end and they got their rewards when we got the equaliser.
"The fans gave the team a standing ovation at the end - and it's what the players deserved."
Meanwhile, Brighton boss Gus Poyet had no complaints with the final result, admitting: "We got lucky today but we need to do a lot better than that away from home.
"I'm happy to take the point and run home quickly! Although we didn't play well today, if we keep winning our home games and picking up a point away, we will make the play-offs.
"But Forest had more shots, more chances and hit the post more than once so, of course, they deserved their point.
"We needed more urgency in our play and we didn't take the responsibility we should have done to create things when we were on the ball.
"It was like we were on the pitch waiting for things to happen and that's not the way to win football matches.
"We have played recent away games against Doncaster, Hull and Blackpool where we blamed the pitch for our performances but we couldn't do that today. Perhaps we have been a bit naive in criticising pitches."