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Sky Bet Championship: Britt Assmobalonga praised after sinking Bournemouth

Last Updated: 20/08/14 4:02pm

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Brian Eastick (r): Backs goalscorer Assombalonga

Brian Eastick (r): Backs goalscorer Assombalonga

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Nottingham Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick backed Britt Assombalonga to have a fine season after a smash-and-grab 2-1 win over Bournemouth sent them to the top of the Championship.

A £5million summer signing from Peterborough, Assombalonga, headed home an Andy Reid cross after 66 minutes to cancel out Callum Wilson's toe-poked 58th minute opener after a defensive mix-up.

And in an unlikely turnaround, fellow new boy Matty Fryatt nicked the three points for the away side with 20 minutes left when he rose highest to send a Jack Hunt cross past Lee Camp.

Assambalonga, 21, has now bagged three league goals since linking up with Stuart Pearce and Eastick believes his forward line will continue to torment defences.

Eastick said: "All the strikers will be very important in the hunt for promotion and will give each other good competition.

"It will be for other people to judge if Britt was worth every penny. We like to think he will be a good investment and think he will improve.

"Under Stuart's leadership a lot of the players will improve as he has created a really good atmosphere to work in. Stuart has this natural knack for players, you can feel it around the place.

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"I was also pleased for Matty Fryatt as well. He played a bit out of position in the second half but it was an excellent header.

"Overall it was a very good victory and they put us under the cosh. We hung on in there at times and you have to give them credit.

"It is all for nothing if we don't beat Reading on Saturday though."

The Cherries started the day as the early season pace-setters and should have been out of sight before half-time but Karl Darlow made a string of fine saves from Matt Ritchie and Adam Smith.

After the quick-fire double, the stunned south coast club tried to mount a late charge but Marc Pugh could only find the side-netting when well placed.

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Manager Eddie Howe said: "I don't know how to explain that. It is one of the strangest games I have been involved in.

"I am very pleased with the performance and delighted with the players. We were as good as we were at the back end of last season. All that was missing were the goals and the clinical side.

"We should have been three or four nil up and that is the thing we will rue for sure.

"If we play like that every week we will win more than we lose.

"The two goals we conceded were also disappointing but I can't pick on the negatives as there were so many good things.

"Stuart said some nice comments after the final whistle but it doesn't change how we feel. They rode their luck tonight."

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