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Brazil: I don't want the job

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil refused to put his name forward for the managerial vacancy at the City Ground after he oversaw a 1-0 home defeat to struggling Charlton, while Jose Riga was delighted with the win.

Jordan Cousins slotted home an 80th-minute winner for the Addicks as Forest's winless run in the Sky Bet Championship stretched to a ninth game in the wake of Billy Davies' sacking.

When asked if he was keen to replace the Scot, Brazil said: "I don't think that's a thought in any shape or form.

"I have been putting a lot of time in over the past year running the academy. I have been asked to hold the fort for the first team and it is something I am happy and comfortable with, but it is up to the owners what they do."

Turning his attentions to the result, he added: "It was frustrating for the players, in the situation they find themselves in right now, and also frustrating for the club and the fans.

"It's an awkward situation, but we have got to batten down the hatches and work hard.

"It's no good feeling sorry for ourselves, that will get us nowhere. We have got to dig in and crack on.

"We would have loved to get a positive result and placate the situation, but you could sense the lack of confidence and anxiety as the game progressed.

"I felt it was important to get the first goal - you make the fans more relaxed, the players relax as they sense the victory is there and it could have been so different if we had taken a couple of early chances.

"We could offer up some excuses with the players out injured, but you only have to look at the team we put out and there was some experience and very good players out there."

Charlton, meanwhile, bounced back from a home mauling to Burnley to boost their survival hopes and boss Jose Riga was naturally delighted with his side's display.

"I am very proud of the players," he said. "It was very important to hit back after our last game at home (a 3-0 defeat to Burnley) and it was the first of three away games in a row.

"We expected a Forest reaction and a difficult game, but I thought we deserved the three points, we did well.

"Organisation was key and we had that and some quality. In our situation we have to take our chances when we get them and at last we scored. We are all in this together and this was one good step in the right direction."

The kick-off was delayed until 8pm after the Charlton team coach got stuck in traffic and Riga admitted it had been a long day for his players.

"We started at 9am on the training ground," said the Belgian. "So it has been a long day.

"We were in trouble and fair play to Forest and the referee for putting the kick-off time back 15 minutes. It must have been our shortest warm-up ever."