Davies hopes for confidence boost

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies hopes the 2-0 victory over 10-man Burnley will give his promotion-chasing side an injection of confidence ahead of the end-of-season run-in.

After Marvin Bartley had been dismissed in the 32nd minute for a rash challenge on Luke Chambers, substitute David McGoldrick struck a second-half brace as Forest claimed their first win in 10 matches and moved to within a point of the play-off places.

Davies said: "I said we can't ask any more of these players, they've given us everything they've got. In the first half, the nervousness showed but they're a young side. Great three points, though, and hopefully it'll settle them down."

He added: "Hopefully our bag of misfortune is now over because we've had plenty of that over the last number of weeks.

"There is still a long way to go and a lot to play for."

Davies was quick to point out that Forest were missing a host of experienced players and believes that could explain their recent slump.


He said: "There's no doubt we missed the pace of (Nathan) Tyson, (Paul) Anderson and (Robbie) Findley - that's a huge amount of pace out of the side and (the suspended Chris) Cohen is a big loss obviously. "(Dexter) Blackstock has been forgotten about so there's top players missing which always makes life difficult."

Burnley chief Eddie Howe thought the dismissal of Bartley was very harsh.

He said: "I've only seen it at live speed but I thought it was extremely, extremely harsh - I didn't even think it was a yellow, let alone a red.

"He's gone in one-footed, his feet haven't left the floor, that was my view of it anyway but I stand to be corrected if I see it again."

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