Nottingham Forest 4 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at The City Ground

Date: 18/01/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 22,456

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

N Forest

Henri Lansbury 15 (pen),34 (pen)
Jamie Paterson 72
Andy Reid 90+5

4
vs
1

Blackburn

Ben Marshall 37

FT (ht: 2-1)

  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 18:45 GMT

Post-match reaction to Nottingham Forest's 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Andy Reid: On target for Forest
Andy Reid: On target for Forest

Manager Billy Davies has warned Nottingham Forest's promotion rivals his team are only going to get stronger as the Sky Bet Championship progresses.

The Reds are now unbeaten in 10 matches under the Scotsman following a 4-1 demolition of Bolton at the City Ground.

With key players close to returning from injury and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi set to put his hand in his pocket again in January, having already spent close to £7million this season, Davies believes the Reds are only going to improve.

"It is important to be on an unbeaten run, but we also need to get some of the injured players back in our side," said Davies, who saw a trio of midfielders provide the vital goals against Bolton, with Henri Lansbury netting twice from the spot and Jamie Paterson and Andy Reid scoring fine solo efforts.

"We are missing some key players, particularly in defence. But we have momentum, we have confidence, and we will keep working away. We have been playing good stuff in recent months, we have been creating chances.

"We have goals throughout our side, we have scored good goals from different areas of our team, which is important. We know we can create a lot of chances, as we did again today. We are just delighted to get another three points.

"The market is very interesting in January, we will keep working away."

Davies believes the key with goalscorer Paterson, who has notched five goals in three games, has been knowing when not to play him.

"It is important with young players to know when to put them in, to take them out and when to unleash them," the manager said.

"When you bring them in you have to keep their feet on the ground. In Paterson, we have a young player with confidence and with ability. He has a good future ahead of him."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer felt referee Darren Deadman's performance had cost his side, with Grant Hanley harshly punished for bringing down Lansbury for the first penalty in particular.

"Why do you ask me if the referee cost us the match? You have answered your own question. I agree with you," said Bowyer.

"I am not being clever. You have asked the question on the back of what you have seen here today.

"Chris Taylor got rugby-tackled to the ground, Grant Hanley got tackled to the ground and the referee is in full visible sight of it, but can't give it.

"There needs to be something done to improve the game. The referee just told me that both of them were penalties.

"We have to take it on the chin, we have to go again. We can't turn back time, they are not going to give us a replay. You just hope that the assessors write a report and that the referee sees it and looks to improve."

Bowyer also reiterated that hot-property striker Jordan Rhodes, who came off the bench, is not for sale.

"Speculation will happen for the next six windows," he said.

"I get instructed by the owners that they do not want to sell him. So, unless somebody comes up with a Gareth Bale type of offer, it is not going to happen."


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