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Kelly hails play-off king Davies

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David Kelly lifted the lid on Billy Davies' play-off secret after Nottingham Forest secured a top-six finish by beating Ipswich at the City Ground.

Davies has now guided three clubs into the Championship play-offs - he did it twice at Preston and once at Derby - and Kelly puts his success down to his meticulous approach to management.

Assistant manager Kelly said: "The gaffer has produced the goods yet again. The players have been absolutely brilliant all season and we're delighted. He's very good at his job. He's meticulous in his preparation and he's meticulous in the information he gets on opposing teams and the players we will be up against."

He added: "We work very hard on the training ground all the time - we train as we play, at a high tempo.

"I think a teetotal Scotsman (Davies) might have a glass of champagne."

Second-half goals from Luke Chambers, Guy Moussi and Robert Earnshaw gunned down Ipswich.

Davies' men squandered first-half opportunities to forge a breakthrough but Chambers settled their nerves two minutes after the break when he deflected an Earnshaw shot past Town goalkeeper Brian Murphy.

Moussi added to their lead 10 minutes later as he bundled home from close range after good work down the left by Paul Anderson and Chris Gunter. And Earnshaw set the seal on a convincing 14 minutes from time when he fired home from close range.

Kelly added: "I thought we played quite well in the first half and had a few chances.

"We settled down a little bit after the break and would have beaten anybody on our second-half performance. The football was absolutely superb."

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