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O’Neill delighted with Nottingham Forest reaction despite Bristol City loss

Newly appointed Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill has said he has been delighted with the reaction of his players since taking over at the club this week.

The 66-year-old only took charge of his first training session on Tuesday, and the former European Cup winner has confirmed he is looking to be reunited with a fellow former Forest player, Roy Keane, who was of course his assistant manager during his spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland.

However, O’Neill’s return to the City Ground would not be a victorious one, with Famara Diedhiou’s strike allowing Bristol City to keep the pressure on the teams in the playoffs with a 1-0 win.

Speaking after the game, the new Forest boss said his players were a little too anxious and keen to impress.

“Naturally it’s disappointing to lose and it’s a learning curve for me,” O’Neill told the BBC.

“We were second best in the first half. The players were anxious and wanted to impress.

“I got a great reaction [before the game]. It was quite emotional. I am very honoured. Now I want to settle down and put my stamp on the team. I want to make an impact.”

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