Nottingham Forest's revival is all about 'effort'
BILLY Davies has told his Nottingham Forest players to put talk of unbeaten runs or promotion challenges out of their minds – and just focus on maintaining the same level of effort that has become the hallmark of his first four games in charge.
The Reds made it ten points from a possible 12 since Davies' return as manager, after demonstrating their character to claim a hard-fought 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Forest remain unbeaten in the Scotsman's second spell as manager, ahead of tomorrow's visit of struggling Ipswich to the City Ground, and have climbed into eighth place in the table – four points off the play-off places.
The foundation for both of Forest's previous top-six finishes under Davies were two unbeaten runs. But, when asked if he felt his side were building momentum again, he warned they must simply focus on maintaining the work-rate and attitude that has been at the centre of their recent revival.
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"Ask me (about momentum) in another four games time and I will tell you," said Davies. "All I know is that we have another tough game coming up. This is a difficult period for us.
"The most important thing is that we continue to get the same level of effort we are seeing now.
"In the first 45 minutes, some of our football was first class. But you have seen our recent games, that is how we have been playing. I don't think the players have had enough credit for their play, because they have been playing some outstanding football.
"It is the same again. It is a tough home game. We have to prepare right; we have to remove complacency. We will work hard in training for another tough game.
"These players are giving me everything. They have a spirit that is second to none. They can play, as well. That is all you can ask for, as a manager."
Davies is delighted with the performances his side have produced while claiming three consecutive wins for the first time this season.
"There is a lot of work still to do, but if they can continue to give me that effort, it is all I can ask for," he said. "It is not just Reidy, it is Majewski as well, he is scoring some important goals. The two full-backs were excellent as well. The offensive play they give us is important.
"Lansbury is also settling down well, Reid is good for us. I also spoke to the strikers, because I have no criticism for them at the minute, even if they are not scoring goals.
"Until we find natural wide players, who can get at full-backs and get crosses into the box, then I remove any blame from them. I have told them that. But the work-rate that all four strikers have given us – I cannot complain about that.
"I will not criticise them while the balance of the team is not right."