Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says his side “got what they deserved” in this evening’s 0-0 FA Cup with Budweiser draw against Preston North End.The Reds were unable to break down their League One opponents on a cold, wet evening at The City Ground and their manager had no qualms with the result.
He told Forest Player: “In the end we got what we deserved. We just didn’t show enough creativity to carve out openings in the final third.
“But you have to give the away side credit. Preston worked extremely hard and defended very well. They made it difficult for us by putting a lot of players behind the ball and it transpired to be a very hard-fought cup tie in difficult conditions.”
Forest were without Henri Lansbury for the tie as the midfielder completed the first of a two-match suspension. And his manager cited his absence as a key reason for The Reds’ rare inability to create clear-cut chances.
He said: “The loss of Henri was absolutely massive. He’s such an influential player for us on and off the pitch. That was a huge blow.
“But it’s another clean sheet, our unbeaten run continues and we’re still in the draw for the next round. The replay will be very interesting.”