Calderwood hails Forest spirit

04 May 2008 02:16
Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood praised his players for answering their critics by defying the odds and clinching promotion to the Championship on the last day of the season. A 3-2 win against Yeovil Town extended Forest's excellent finish to the season to 19 points from a possible 21 as they pipped Carlisle United and Doncaster Rovers to the second automatic promotion spot. Calderwood admitted: "Everyone - not only our fans - expects Forest to waltz through the division and you have to confront and deal with that kind of expectancy. "Every time we had a setback, questions were asked of myself and the players, but I knew that was the kind of challenge I was taking on when I got the job. "So when you make mistakes and lose a match you have to accept you're going to take some criticism until you get the chance to put it right. That's what we've done. "When we lost to Doncaster at the end of March following a horrible performance we were 11 points behind Carlisle and they'd played a game less! "But I still believed we could do it because of the group of players we have here."

Source: ESA