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Billy: ‘It Feels Like A Loss’

6 April 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was bitterly disappointed with his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool this afternoon.

The Reds found themselves a goal down in the first-half thanks to Ludovic Sylvestre’s opener, and Isiah Osbourne’s red card after the break, for a foul on Greg Halford, barely changed the pattern of a Blackpool side who limited themselves to playing on the counter-attack.

It was left to Lewis McGugan to rescue another valuable point as he slid home an 81st-minute penalty to claim his sixth goal in as many appearances.

Davies said: “Sometimes a point can feel like a victory, sometimes it can feel like a defeat – this time it’s the latter.

“I thought we were very pedestrian in the first half. We didn’t put enough good crosses into their box, we didn’t have enough shots at goal, we didn’t put them on the back foot enough.

“They came to play for a point – they sat in their 4-5-1 formation and tried to hit us on the counter or capitalise on a set-play. They made it very difficult for us. Even when they went down to ten men, their formation didn’t change. It shows you what sort of reputation we’re beginning to get when you get teams coming here and making no attempt to win the game.

“There’s no doubt that we had the vast majority of possession – we had seven corners to their one, we had 18 shots to their four – it was a very frustrating afternoon.”

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