Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies told Forest Player that he is pleased to see his side ‘in the mix’ following today’s 2-1 win over Leeds United at The City Ground.Matt Derbyshire’s stunning late winner handed The Reds their second victory in four days and the boss was delighted to see the striker rewarded for his endless hard work as his side ended 2013 in the best possible manner.
He said: “It would have been a travesty had we not taken all three points. Leeds got an equaliser that they didn’t deserve but I was delighted with the response from the boys.
“It was a fantastic strike from Derbs and that proves how clinical he can be. He’s always been a great asset to us because of his work ethic and ability to chase every lost cause down. I’m pleased for both him and the team.”
Forest deservedly led through Greg Halford after dominating the opening 45 minutes and, despite Ross McCormack’s late leveller, The Reds went on to take all three points thanks to Derbyshire’s memorable effort.
The goal ensured Forest completed the month of December unbeaten but the Reds boss was keen not to get carried away.
He said: “We played very well in the first half. We should have been more clinical after Greg’s opening goal and the game should have been dead and buried.
“The second half was scrappy and we lost our concentration. The players have to realise that this time of year is about mental and physical strength to get over the challenges you face.
“Our aim at the start of the season was to be in the mix come January. That target has now been achieved and what we’ve got to do now is kick on from now until the end of the season.”
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