Hawthorns win has Davies purring

09 January 2010 09:28
The Reds stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games with a fully-deserved victory at The Hawthorns that sent a stark warning to those competing at the top end of the Championship.[LNB]The result saw Forest leapfrog the Baggies and take their place in the top two for the first time this season - while also extending their unbeaten away record.[LNB]But it was also the manner of the performance which left Davies understandably delighted - almost a year to the day after he took charge with the East Midlands club struggling at the wrong end of the table.[LNB]He said: "It's a very important three points and psychologically it's a very important win, but I genuinely still feel it's only three points at this stage of the season. It's no more.[LNB]"It was no more than three points but it's the manner of which we came here because this is a big club.[LNB]"To come and show the courage this young team showed and to pass it and play positive...[LNB]"We had to come here and justify our position in the league."[LNB]He continued: "If you look at their list of players and their spend you will find it at least doubles the spend of Nottingham Forest.[LNB]"That is why I'm delighted that we've come here against a very good side and played some wonderful stuff.[LNB]"We're making very good progress but it's not over until the fat lady sings.[LNB]"There's a lot of games left and we've just got to make sure no complacency comes in.[LNB]"It will be a huge test and a big ask for this young team."[LNB]Forest took the lead in the 18th minute when Dexter Blackstock stole a yard on Albion's new centre-back Gabriel Tamas, who endured somewhat of a nightmare debut, to volley home Radoslaw Majewski's corner off the near post from eight yards.[LNB]Majewski himself volleyed home a stunning crucial second for Forest eight minutes after the restart, connecting sweetly with Chris Gunter's far-post cross to smash his effort past Scott Carson off the underside of the bar.[LNB]Chris Cohen then added a classy third after some neat one-touch approach play as Forest started to turn on the style.[LNB]And although substitute Roman Bednar netted a consolation for Albion it was certainly Forest's day - much to the annoyance of a downbeat Roberto Di Matteo.[LNB]"It's probably been the worst performance that we've had (this season)," he said.[LNB]"We didn't play which is very unusual for us.[LNB]"There were quite a lot of players that didn't perform to the level we know they can[LNB]"It's a bad defeat against Forest, credit to them they played well."[LNB][LNB]

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