Paul Williams on what he asked of Nottingham Forest's players during first team-talk

Nottingham Forest picked up a 1-1 draw with Hull City yesterday evening.

New head coach Paul Williams has told Nottingham Forest’s official site that he simply asked the players to go and make themselves proud in his first team talk.

Williams led Forest for the first time in their match at the KC Stadium against high flying Hull City last night, and he helped them to pick up a positive result.

Forest drew 1-1 with Steve Bruce’s promotion chasing side, and Williams was delighted with the way his players reacted to him.

“On the whole I'm really pleased for the players,” he said. “We asked them to do things and they did them to the letter. I can't fault the lads - they gave me everything they had today.

"Maybe we had a siege mentality - it was only us who believed we could come here and do something.

"I asked the players to go out there and make themselves proud of themselves, and that's what they did.”

Forest took the lead against Hull through a wonderful long-range effort from Gary Gardner, but they were pegged back when Hull netted an equaliser, after Sone Aluko finished well.

Williams has been placed in charge at Forest following the departure of Dougie Freedman at the start of the week.

The Scot was sacked after a 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, with Williams now set to take the reins until the end of the season.

Freedman’s dismissal has not gone down well with all the supporters at the City Ground, but Forest’s result yesterday has relieved some of the frustration around the Midlands club.

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