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Manager Praises Fighting Spirit

3 December 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies hailed his side’s ‘character and spirit’ as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Millwall this evening.

Goals from Andy Reid and Nathaniel Chalobah gave The Reds a hard-earned point but the manager admitted that they could have turned that point into three with a touch more concentration.

He told Forest Player after the game: “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times tonight to go behind twice. We gave the ball away in the middle of the park too easily and Millwall punished us.

“Having said that, I was delighted with the response and the lads showed tremendous character and spirit to fight back. Millwall are a competitive and dangerous side so this is a good point for us.”

The Reds boss was without a number of first-team players including Darius Henderson and Jamaal Lascelles for the clash at The Den but said he was impressed by the commitment and effort shown by his side.

He said: “Players like Reidy and Greg Halford still aren’t quite match-fit yet but they gave us everything tonight. We came here with a slightly patched-up team and showed an attitude where we wouldn’t be beaten.

"I've come to Millwall with fully-fit squads over the years and taken nothing. As disappointed as I was with our defending, I was equally pleased with the way in which we hit back and refused to lie down.

“Darius picked up a slight problem with his leg and common sense said that we shouldn’t risk him tonight. We’ll give him that extra bit of rest and hopefully he’ll be fit and raring to go on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.”

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