Complacency will cost us, says Nottingham Forest manager
BILLY Davies has told his Nottingham Forest players to take confidence from climbing into the top six in the Championship for only the second time this season.
But the manager also warned that he will allow no complacency as the Reds head into their final nine games of the campaign.
Forest's remarkable run of form, which saw them claim their fifth consecutive win by beating Wolves 3-1 on Saturday, carried them above Brighton and into the final play-off place.
When Davies returned as manager Forest were nine points off the top six – but they now only trail second-placed Watford by the same margin.
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Davies is delighted with Forest's climb and says they should take confidence from their position – but says they will not be allowed to rest on their laurels.
"Why not? They should take confidence from being in the top six. But they were also well warned at the end of the game that there is still a lot of football to be played," he said.
"We are up there and we have put in a huge effort. We are in there, but we can fall out of it quickly and that was the message we gave to them at the end of the match.
"I will give them a few days off, because this has been a tough week. But we will get back in on Tuesday and we will build up to Saturday. There is a lot of hard work still to do.
"The top six is enough of a challenge, to get to the top two from where we are is an enormous task.
"We have some big games coming up, as you know.
"We will take things one game at a time. The important thing is that we have players coming back, in the form of people like Daniel Ayala and Sam Hutchinson.
"We have lost Darius Henderson to a knee problem, Billy Sharp has a chest infection and Dexter Blackstock has a hamstring problem.
"But hopefully we can get these players rested and get them back before the next match (at Hull).
"That is the one we will focus on, nothing else."
Davies says he is still looking to bolster his squad by signing a striker on loan – but will only move for the right player.
"I think every club is looking at the loan market now. I have looked at the squads of every team in the Championship and in the Premier League. I have continued to try to see what might be available," he said.
"But I think every club is doing that at the minute.
"If there is something there that we can get done; if we can bring in a player who is better and can help us, we will look to do that.
"We will continue to search the market place."