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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies praises substitutes

31 January 2014

By Tony Leighton

It was super-subs to the rescue on Thursday night as Nottingham Forest came from two goals behind to beat Watford 4-2 with all four goals hit by second-half replacements.

Simon Cox scored twice and fellow strikers Darius Henderson and Jamie Mackie were also on target to boost Forest's Sky Bet Championship promotion hopes.

Central defender Gabriele Angella had bagged a brace give Watford a clear advantage at the City Ground, but Forest struck four times in the last 32 minutes.

The win put Billy Davies' fifth in the table team eight points off the automatic promotion places thanks to the impact of the manager's use of his substitutes.

Davies is a past master at the art of making substitutions at the right time and he said: "I'm certainly not perfect, but I get more right than I get wrong.

"Sometimes the impact of a substitute can be very important, and what we saw tonight was a fantastic attitude from those three players.

"I said to them before the game that they had to understand why it's being done, so I was pleased for the three of them and the goals that they got."

Cox, Henderson and Mackie have between them hit 16 League and Cup goals in a combined total of 73 appearances - 25 of them as substitutes.

That return from three front line strikers, who all lag behind nine-goal left winger Andy Reid in the scoring stakes, has not impressed Forest fans.

Davies said: "They've taken a lot of stick, but they know what they can give us. And I'll just keep picking the best team we think can win the next match."

The team that Davies picks for Forest's next match, against bottom team Yeovil Town on Sunday, will be expected to run up a fifth successive home League win.

But he insisted: "I don't believe in judging any team in this division from their position - this is a very difficult division and we'll just prepare for the match."

The Forest boss is sticking, certainly in public, to that 'one game at a time' stance, but as he looks to push for a top two place he is pleased with his team's progress.

"The strategy's moving along nicely," he said, "but we won't get excited. There's a long way to go and we're still a team that's looking to the next game only.

"There's no point in looking any further. It will be a dog fight to the end. There will be a lot of changes over the next 19 games, but we're in the mix.

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