Billy Davies delighted with Nottingham Forest reception
BILLY Davies today pledged to repay the welcome given to him by Nottingham Forest fans by working '24 hours a day' to make the club a success.
The Scotsman was given a rapturous reception at the City Ground, as he took charge of his first game since returning for a second spell as manager.
A late goal from Craig Davies denied the Reds boss the win he deserved, cancelling out Andy Reid's superb strike for the home side.
But, while that left Davies frustrated, he was still buoyed by the reception he was given by supporters.
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"I'm delighted with what was a great welcome," he said. "I think the Forest fans know why we are here and what we will give them - 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give them all we can to move this club forward.
There is a lot of an assessment to take place between now and the end of the season and a lot of work with regards the players.
"What did I learn today? That we have good players that when they work hard they can cause a lot of problems to a very good side that probably should be top two.
"On another day I think some of our shots would have gone in, their goalkeeper made a lot of blocks and the ball fell to them. I'm sure they'll be delighted with a point and accept they got away with murder getting a point.
"But I have thoroughly enjoyed being back, there's an awful lot to do and things that need to be changed, but I've certainly enjoyed being back in."
Davies believes his team set the bar for themselves, performance wise, with their display against Bolton.
"I said to the players at the end if they give me that effort and application, in terms of the full-backs getting forward and the chances created, I cannot complain," he said.
"I was very pleased with the reaction. We've had a couple of days training this week, there's a lot of work to do, no doubt. But I think the fans must be pleased with what they've got to today, I'm certainly delighted with the response from the players.
"They deserve a lot of credit, although we are disappointed not to get three points I think everyone would agree we deserved three points.
"Barring one mistake from a young player who took too many touches and gets caught in possession, they go and score against the run of play. Sometimes you have to accept these things happen but overall I'm very pleased."