Davies: We still have work to do

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies insisted there was still a lot of work to do for his side to secure a npower Championship play-off place despite their emphatic 5-1 home win over Scunthorpe which virtually guaranteed them a top six spot while relegating their opponents.

Two goals apiece from Kris Boyd and Luke Chambers along with a Paul Anderson strike gave Forest the win, with the Iron's solitary reply coming from a Michael O'Connor penalty.

Forest have a three-point cushion over seventh-placed Leeds with a much better goal difference going into the final Championship fixture next week. But Davies said: "We are not there yet. We are having a good run and we are in a good position but there is still work to do when we go to Crystal Palace next weekend for a very difficult away game."

He added: "Hopefully, we will get the one point that is required to get us over the line and I will happily talk about the play-offs when we do that.

"I always said the play-off issue would be a photo finish and probably go down to the last game and that's the way it has turned out."

On his side's performance against Scunthorpe, he added: "It was a very tricky game and Scunthorpe acquitted themselves well and caused us some problems.

"I thought we were pedestrian in our play during the first half but our game speed improved in the second half and got the goals by playing some very good football."

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill admitted his side had already consigned themselves to relegation before the match.

Knill said: "We virtually knew we were down last week because apart from the points it needed a 17-goal swing (in goal difference)."

He added: "We have lost the last four goals to set-pieces, and that's no good. The disappointing thing for me was the manner in which we conceded the goals. That's why we are going to play in League One next season - simple as."

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Paul Anderson
Scunthorpe United
League One
Luke Chambers
Nottingham Forest
Michael O'Connor
Crystal Palace
Leeds United

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