Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says his side “pressed the self-destruct button” in this afternoon’s FA Cup with Budweiser fifth-round defeat at Bramall Lane.The Reds led at the break courtesy of Jamie Paterson but conceded three times in the second half to leave South Yorkshire empty handed.
Their manager told Forest Player: “I think the first 45 minutes were good. But the second 45 was a case of self-destruct with the goals we gave away, there’s no doubt about it.
“I’ve looked at the Simon Cox penalty claim in the first half. There’s no doubt that if that was outside the box it would have been a free-kick. I think we should have had a penalty, but in the second half we gave them a lift through an individual error. We pressed the self-destruct button and as the game went on they probably wanted it more.
“I felt very comfortable for most of the game, but you just can’t give a team like that a lift. It was very disappointing after playing well in the first 45 minutes.”
Jack Hobbs was missing from the line-up this afternoon, and his manager explained his absence: “Hobbsy has picked up a slight ankle problem and it was important not to risk him today.”