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Cotterill's methods paying off

Steve Cotterill was delighted to pick up his third victory as Nottingham Forest boss on Tuesday, as Reading were seen off at the City Ground.

McDermott keen to see Royals offer more of a cutting edge

Steve Cotterill was delighted to pick up his third victory as Nottingham Forest boss on Tuesday, as Reading were seen off at the City Ground. The Reds responded admirably to Saturday's 1-0 reverse against Hull City and as they prevailed over the Royals by the same scoreline. Marcus Tudgay grabbed the only goal of the game for the hosts, with a moment of individual brilliance ultimately settling the tie. Cotterill was of the opinion afterwards that Forest were deserving winners, with his way of doing things reaping instant rewards. "It was similar to the defeat to Hull on Saturday - it came for Hull that day but it came for us this time," he said. "This is a big club and sometimes the crowd get frustrated, but what I try to do is give the players big well dones for small things. That is what they need at the moment.

Encouragement

"The goal Marcus had ruled out for offside early on should have stood, he was blatantly onside. So we should have gone in 1-0 up at half-time and that might have settled us down. "And we do need that goal. When that goes in we start seeing things that I see every day on the training ground. "It's that encouragement that is important, I'm flooding them with love and care at the moment." Cotterill added: "The goal was a fantastic finish - the first one was too and he was onside - so Marcus Tudgay should have been the scorer of two fantastic goals. "The second was a great piece of skill against some great Reading defenders. It's a great touch with his right foot to let it run across him and then a great finish into the far corner." Reading saw their eight-match unbeaten run brought to an abrupt halt in midweek and their manager Brian McDermott believes a lack of creativity ended up costing his side.
Disappointing
"We had some opportunities and I thought we were solid, I never thought we'd lose a goal," he said. "Having said that, we need now to get the creative side of our game going. We created chances against Crystal Palace and should have won the game on Saturday and we created chances against Southampton, but here we didn't create enough. "We were not as good on the ball as we need to be in this league and that is something we need to work on. "It is disappointing to see our unbeaten run go. We had five draws in those eight games and we need to turn those into victories. It happened at the start of last season and that is something we need to work on. "We need to start making things happen in final third, especially in the second half I didn't think we did enough. "I thought Noel Hunt had got us a point at the end but it wasn't to be I'm afraid."

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