Forest boss: I'm no Clough

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was bursting with pride after seeing his side beat Middlesbrough 1-0 to break a 30-year record with a ninth successive home win in one season.

But the Forest boss quickly admitted that, pleased as he is with the modern-day team, they are some way from the historical achievements inspired by the legendary Brian Clough.

"I am very proud to be Forest manager and proud of what we have done in winning these nine matches. But people have got a long way to go before they fill that man's boots," he said.

"The run of home victories pleases me enormously but so does the fact that it was our 15th clean sheet. That brings as big a smile to my face."

He added: "It was very difficult for us against a Middlesbrough side with Premiership pedigree and a huge squad that has been freshened up in January.

"But we showed great character, great concentration and great discipline to take three wonderful points from the game.

"It was always going to be a tight-knit affair but fortunately we managed to get the goal that mattered and there are going to be a lot more games like that over the rest of the season.''

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan was also pleased with his players and felt they deserved to take something from a contest they controlled for long periods.

"I could not see them scoring but, fair play to them, they came up with the one goal that mattered," he said.

"When you are on a good run - as Forest are - you get the breaks. Everything seemed to land at their feet but maybe it just wasn't to be for us.

"We looked comfortable against one of the best sides in the league but we needed a break. All the same I have got to congratulate my players for putting up a smashing performance.

"I still think that if we get a cutting edge to our play we have a chance of getting into the play-offs. There is no doubt that the players we have brought in have brought steeliness to our play.''

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