Best team lost - Davies
Billy Davies agreed with Preston boss Simon Grayson that Nottingham Forest were lucky to squeeze past Preston in their fourth-round FA Cup replay.
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Former North End boss Billy Davies made a victorious return to Deepdale and saw his Forest side extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions with a 2-0 victory thanks to Jamie Mackie's first-half strike and substitute Darius Henderson's late goal.
However, before the fifth-round date at Sheffield United was set in stone, Preston threw the proverbial kitchen sink at their opponents, who survived a couple of penalty shouts for handball and needed two dramatic Jamaal Lascelles blocks late on and the assistance of the woodwork to keep out Grayson's spirited team.
Davies, who has only lost once to Preston in his 10 games against them with either his current club or Derby, said: "I think the best team lost.
"On the night we didn't show enough quality, we didn't compete as well as the home team and you've got to feel sorry for them because they deserved to win the match. End of."
Conditions were more conducive to an old-fashioned spirited cup tie and Billy Davies emphasised with the fourth-round replay's losers.
"It was a typical cup tie night of football, the rain was pouring down, the wind was blowing, the pitch was soggy and they handled it better," he said.
"Their attitude was excellent, their energy was good and the best team lost."
The Blades are next up for Davies' side and that fixture will be an intriguing one given their manager Nigel Clough's ties to both Forest and their bitter rivals Derby.
"It doesn't matter (who it is), we're in the next round," Davies countered.
"Home or away I'm just delighted to get in the next round, it'll be a very difficult game again and we look forward to another cup game."