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Post-Wigan: The Manager

31 August 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies believes his side were good value for at least a point in this afternoon’s narrow defeat at Wigan Athletic.

The hosts scored two first-half goals to turn the match on its head after Andy Reid had opened the scoring with a spectacular free-kick, but the Reds boss was upbeat despite witnessing his side’s first defeat of the campaign.  

He told Forest Player: “There was only one team in it in the second half. We probably should have taken something from the game but we didn’t get one or two breaks in certain areas.  

“We looked a complacent team in the first 45 minutes. When you play sides like Wigan, who are physical and have a big presence, you have to compete with their attitude, the upper body battles and win the second balls.  

“We didn’t do that in the first 45 mins and we probably deserved to be behind because of that.”  

The defeat brought to an end Forest’s phenomenal start to the season and the manager was very pleased with what he has seen so far.  

He said: “I’m delighted with the games we’ve played and to be going in to the international break with what the players have given us.  

“It might be nice for the players to have tasted defeat. Their feet will be firmly back on the ground and it should remove any complacency that existed in the first 45 minutes.”

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