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Davies takes good fortune

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies believes his team were fortunate to beat Preston 2-0 in their FA Cup replay at Deepdale.

Jamie Mackie and Darius Henderson scored in either half as Forest stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.

But the visitors were on a back foot for much of the tie, and Davies conceded the result was harsh on Preston.

"I think the best team lost," Davies said. "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.

"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.

"Their attitude was excellent, their energy was good and the best team lost."

North End manager Simon Grayson claimed daylight robbery "would be an understatement" in his match summary.

"We said to the players before they went out 'do yourself justice, do the club justice and put on a performance' and we certainly have done that," Grayson said.

"Everybody saw the commitment, the effort, the quality.

"To limit such a strong, powerful team as Nottingham Forest to the number of chances they had and to create the chances we did...it was an understatement that it was daylight robbery today."