Round-up: Forest short of top-two quality, says Davies
Monday 07 February 2011
Billy Davies has played down the chances of his Nottingham Forest side winning automatic promotion, despite their moving into second place on Saturday. Forest beat Watford 1-0 at the City Ground, courtesy of Marcus Tudgay's first-minute goal, but Davies doubted his team's chances of holding onto a place in the top two.
"I think we are great candidates for the play-offs," he said, "but if I am totally honest I think we are a little bit short for going up automatically. That is my honest evaluation."
Forest's move up to second came courtesy of Norwich City's 2-1 defeat at Burnley. Jay Rodriguez scored the winning goal with nine minutes remaining. Norwich manager Paul Lambert was impressed with his team's performance, however, despite the result. "I thought we were brilliant in the second half, I really did. There was only one team in it, but at the end of the day we got beaten. But you pick yourself up and go again."
Leeds United solidified their position in the play-off places with a 1-0 home win over Coventry City. They maintained the four-point lead over Millwall and Leicester City, in seventh and eighth place respectively, the winning goal being scored by Davide Somma early in the second half.
Crystal Palace achieved a crucial victory over their fellow relegation-candidates Middlesbrough, their first win since beating Preston North End 1-0 on 3 January. The goal was scored by James Vaughan and brought a first win for new manager Dougie Freedman, who praised Vaughan: "Fortune favours the brave and Vaughany is definitely brave. I am always going to stick up for the strikers, that's for sure."
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