McClaren relieved after 'big win'

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren described their 1-0 victory at Watford as "a very important, big win" as they brought their four-match losing streak to an end.

The visitors could have been looking at a fifth straight defeat had the Hornets capitalised on their chances before a horrible defensive mix-up allowed Ishmael Miller in to score the winner. It was only Forest's second win of the season in the npower Championship and McClaren hopes it can act as a springboard although he admits this victory was only a start.

McClaren said: "We hope it's [the win] a catalyst but there's still a long way to go before we can say that. But it was an important win, we've had a tough week and we needed some pride back."

He added: "Today was to say we don't concede any [goals] and can keep a clean sheet because we've got players who can score goals and be a threat.

"It was a performance I wanted to see from them - battling, full of character, full of attitude, getting blocks. We call it a horrible win, an ugly win and I don't think I'll be watching it on the coach on the way home."

The only goal came when the Watford defence allowed a long Lee Camp clearance to bounce and Miller nipped in to prod the ball wide of the stranded Scott Loach.

"We said at half-time it's one of those games where they'll be one moment, at the most two, and make sure you take the moment," said McClaren.

"I think that's what Ishmael Miller has to do, he has to score more ugly goals like that, rather than spectacular ones.

"He's a threat - big and strong and direct - and with [Robbie] Findley they caused problems, so I'm delighted he's come in and got the goal."

Watford boss Sean Dyche felt his defenders were "excellent all night" apart from the goal and said "That was a negative that cost us in a cruel game where we're certainly good value for a draw."

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