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Davies delight at Forest rout

Billy Davies thought Nottingham Forest fully deserved their 5-0 FA Cup third-round victory over West Ham at the City Ground.

The Championship outfit were unbeaten in seven games going into the tie and proved too strong for a youthful West Ham side, with Jamie Paterson scoring a hat-trick, while there was also a penalty from Djamel Abdoun and an injury-time Andy Reid goal.

Davies was delighted with the win against a side which also contained players such as Stewart Downing, Matt Jarvis, Modibo Maiga and Ravel Morrison.

He said: "I think someone was waiting to be hit for four or five here.

"Our play has been very good and we created a host of chances. I'm delighted with the way we played.

"I have to say we know (West Ham boss) Sam Allardyce has bigger fish to fry...we know he has injuries like ourselves.

"But before the game we were concerned, because in Downing and Jarvis, Maiga and Morrison they had 20million of talent in the front four. We had to make sure we were up for the game.

"I wish I had 20million worth of front players because they have very good players."

Reid deal

Club captain Reid signed a two-and-a-half-year extension before kick-off and Davies praised his contribution as he seeks to guide forest into the top-flight.

"We have just agreed a contract," added Davies.

"I'm delighted to have Reidy here, he's influential and he's club captain. I've told him to lead this team to the Premier League."

Davies also wants to keep hold of defender Jack Hobbs, who is on loan from Hull City but has been the subject of interest from Wigan.

The Tigers would consider a permanent deal for the player but Davies expects him to see out his season-long loan.

Asked if Hobbs might have played his last game for Forest, he replied: "Not a chance.

"There is a (recall) clause which is for an emergency. As far as we're concerned that hasn't changed. He's still our player.

"We're looking forward to having him here for the rest of the season if that's possible.

"The player doesn't want to leave this club and that's important."