Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is confident that his side can succeed in the play-offs after goals from Lewis McGugan, Marcus Tudgay and David McGoldrick confirmed sixth place in the npower Championship.

Davies' men posted their fourth straight win by beating Crystal Palace 3-0. The home side were not helped by Dean Moxey's straight red card on 25 minutes for a wild challenge on Tudgay. Forest, who lost in last year's play-off semi-finals to Blackpool, will take on Swansea on Thursday.

Davies said: "I am very proud of getting to the play-offs again. This group of players have been written off time and time again. But we know what the play-offs is about - it is a lottery, Lady Luck and refereeing decisions."

He added: "If you get the breaks you can get there - and the good thing is that you are looking at a very confident Forest.

"It is a Forest that is scoring goals and one that is looking forward to the difficult challenge over the next two matches. Hopefully we will get those breaks."

On facing Swansea, Davies added: "I couldn't care who we get. I couldn't care before the game either - every team would have been difficult. It will be exciting."

Palace boss Dougie Freedman is beginning to make plans for next season but admits money will be tight.

He said: "I am disappointed with the result, but for us to finish where we have from where we were when I took over is a huge success.

"I will have discussions next week about budgets but my early signs are we will be going the way of bringing young players through.

"I will try and stabilise the club over the next few years and build it slowly. I don't see us buying £1million players, we are not geared up for that yet."

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