The Spanish midfielder set Nigel Adkins’ side on their way to a vital three points at The City Ground – heading home Seb Larsson’s corner just seconds after seeing his spot-kick well saved by Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon – and was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet.
“It’s been a long wait for my first goal for the Club,” he said.
“It was nice to get the monkey off my back so to speak. It was a bit of a rollercoaster in the way it came about but I was delighted to get the goal in the end.
“Thankfully I was able to forget about the penalty miss straight away. He’s a big keeper so I tried to aim for a corner and unfortunately he got a big hand to it to keep it out.
“But straight away I redeemed myself with the header. That was very important for my confidence.
“Obviously it goes without saying that I’m delighted with my first goal for the Club but most important was the fact we won and got the three points.
“But now the first one is out of the way, hopefully I can add to my tally and help the team pick up more positive results.”
Reflecting more on the win, Toral added: “It was a very important victory. I think it was a result that had it been coming with the manner of our performances of late.
“We all knew what we had to do ahead of the game. Everything was all planned out beforehand. We went there with a game plan and we executed it perfectly.
“It was a very good performance from the team and we now have to take the confidence gained from the win and use it to string together a positive run of results.”
Toral and his team-mates were backed by 943 travelling fans at The City Ground and the former Arsenal man was quick to dedicate the win to the Tigers’ faithful for their loyal support.
“I think the fans deserved the win more than anyone,” he added
“They were nothing short of superb throughout the game. They’ve been behind us home and away this season and that support is very much appreciated by us all.
“Hopefully we can reward them with many more positive results in the coming weeks and months.”