Davies: Forest will get better

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies warned the rest of the Sky Bet Championship that his side would only get stronger after they started their season with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

Last Updated: 04/08/13 at 08:04 Post Comment

Billy Davies: More to come from Forest

Billy Davies: More to come from Forest

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

A 52nd-minute goal from Henri Lansbury was enough to secure three points for the Reds from a closely-fought clash at the City Ground.

Forest boss Davies paid tribute to Huddersfield for making life difficult for his side, but claimed they would continue to improve as their eight summer additions settled in.

"There is work to do, we still need to work on our fitness, but the most important thing is that we picked up three points," said Davies.

"Some of the players still need another week of training, we have partnerships to work on and fitness to work on. That will take a few weeks.

"Our new signings also still need to get to know each other and that will take many games. We need to find a balance and a consistency. It takes time to develop a team and build a club.

"Credit to the away team, because they came to the City Ground and were very well organised. They made life very difficult for us. You can see the work they put in during pre-season.

"The opening fixture is always very tricky, it is an exciting day, the opening day.

"It was a clean sheet and there were some wonderful performances in the back five. The attitude of the players was very good."

His opposite number Mark Robins declared himself satisfied with his side's performance and predicted not many sides would leave the City Ground with points this season.

Huddersfield lost 6-1 on their last visit to Nottingham last season and the Terriers boss felt his players could be encouraged by their much-improved display.

He said: "We were organised, we were not bad. It was the first game of the season and we have not come away with anything, but there were things for us to be pleased with.

"It was certainly better than our last visit here, even if we scored in that game, although this time we can say that they have scored five less goals.

"We were okay, there is a lot for us to work with.

"We were not quite there, but there are positives. We frustrated a really good Forest side.

"Not many sides will come here and get much. The way they play is fluid and they will be a real force when they get into their stride in this division."

Robins saw James Vaughan twice come close to netting for Huddersfield, who could have snatched a point.

"James had a chance early in the second half, but it was a poor goal to concede. It was disappointing. There were good points to the game and the way we performed, but we need to create more chances," he said.

"It is a tough place to come and we did well for most of the game, but it was that one moment that cost us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

ypical Bodgers, in desperate need of a defensive midfielder and go for a floaty number 10 type midfielder. BODGERS OUT.

uncle monty
The Home Gossip

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

Footer 365

Inverness 2-1 Falkirk: James Vincent the matchwinner Caley leave it late to clinch Scottish Cup

Inverness Caley won the Scottish Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over spirited Falkirk at Hampden.

Greg Dyke continues attack on FIFA and president Sepp Blatter

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not convinced the 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar as he expects more scandals to come out of FIFA.

Radamel Falcao in transfer talks with Chelsea

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is speaking to Chelsea about a possible transfer, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company