Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was left to rue a Man of the Match performance from Wayne Hennessey in this afternoon’s defeat at Yeovil Town.The keeper produced an outstanding performance to override a second-half onslaught on Yeovil’s goal.
But the Reds boss, who also confirmed Kelvin Wilson has suffered a reoccurrence of a back problem, admitted that his side had given themselves much to do after a sub-standard first half.
He told Forest Player: “We quite simply didn’t turn up in the first 45 mins. Yeovil worked harder, we didn’t compete well enough, they scored a couple of very good goals, we missed a penalty which gave them a lift and they deserved to be ahead at half-time.
“There was only one team in it in the second half. Hennessey produced a fantastic goalkeeping performance. We could probably have played another 45 minutes and we still wouldn’t have got past him. He thoroughly deserved his Man of the Match award.
“I’ve said time and time again that nobody does you favours in this division, you’ve got to earn the right. We didn’t do that in the first 45 minutes. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
“But second half was a lot better. We simply came up against a goalkeeper in top form.”