James Wilson's two-goal debut and the contribution of another debutant in Tom Lawrence also drew praise from the experienced Reds midfielder.
"James made a terrific debut. I thought Tom did really well on the left too, neither of them were fazed by it. They came in and did themselves no harm, it was great to see that they both settled in well. I tried to make it as comfortable as possible for them, telling them to play their normal game and they did that.
"The manager said before the game that as they were playing well they'll get their chance. They certainly took it and that's all you can ask."