Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says his side more than deserved their thumping 5-0 win over West Ham United this afternoon.A hat-trick from Jamie Paterson, along with a Djamal Abdoun penalty and a late strike from Andy Reid, sent The Reds marching into the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser, where they face a home tie against either Ipswich Town or Preston North End.
The Reds boss told Forest Player: “With the performances we have put in recently it was only a matter of time before we hit someone for four or five goals. I’m delighted with some of the individual displays and with the team performance.
“I’ve spoken in recent weeks about the need to be more clinical so it was very pleasing to see us score five today. We’ve also racked up another clean sheet which should give us great confidence heading back into the league.
“We know that West Ham have bigger fish to fry in the Premier League. But we have still beaten a team which contained some quality players like Stewart Downing, Matt Jarvis and Ravel Morrison.”
Forest now await news of the winners of the replay between Ipswich and Preston, but the manager says his players must turn their attentions back to their league commitments.
He said: “We wanted to get a home draw and that’s exactly what we’ve got. I don’t mind who we face, we just wanted to be drawn at The City Ground where we feel we can beat anyone.
“It has been a superb victory today but we need to keep calm. We’ll go back onto the training ground and work with the players to make sure they are ready to go at Bolton next weekend.”