Billy Davies believes Nottingham Forest have lost the element of surprise in the Championship
BILLY Davies believes Nottingham Forest have lost the element of surprise in the Championship.
The Reds tore apart Bolton, Huddersfield and Charlton with dominant displays, immediately following the manager's return.
But, while they took their winning run to four games with victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich, they were made to work much harder for victory by opposition intent on stopping them from getting into their stride.
And Davies believes Wolves will arrive at the City Ground with a similar attitude today, as they look to claw their way to survival under former Forest striker Dean Saunders.
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"The surprise element has gone now," said Davies.
"You are talking about a (Forest) team that, a month ago, people were saying was only heading in one direction.
"I will only look at the next game. I will look at the next match. We have had a few days to prepare, to put some freshness into the side.
"This weekend will be another tough match, but we will prepare as well as we can. In the end, at the moment, when a team gives you maximum effort, you cannot ask for any more.
"From that point of view, having tried to lift the spirits and confidence of a side that had won three in 14, it was always going to be tough."
Forest have kept three clean sheets in a row and Davies hopes that will boost the confidence of keeper Karl Darlow, who has flourished since being given his first extended run in the first team.
"I was pleased with a third clean sheet as well. I was delighted for Karl, for that, as a young keeper. It was important that we just dug in," said Davies.
"Sometimes you get a break, sometimes you don't. We will be thankful for this one (against Ipswich), but we are glad it is over, with three points in the bag.
"Now we will look at the next game and no further."