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Davies thrilled with Forest

Billy Davies was delighted with Nottingham Forest's 'outstanding attitude' after they fought back from two goals down to claim a 4-2 win over Watford.

Gabriele Angella's brace had given Watford a commanding lead at the City Ground, but the introduction of substitutes Simon Cox, Darius Henderson and Jamie Mackie sparked a dramatic rally from the hosts.

Cox netted a double and Henderson and Mackie were also on target as Forest kept the pressure on their promotion rivals.

Manager Davies told the club's official website: "First half the energy from back to front was not good enough. We struggled to create any clear-cut chances and we defended the set-pieces very poorly.

"In the second half we were exceptional. The lads showed an outstanding attitude and great bottle to deliver three fantastic points.

"The three substitutes were magnificent tonight. Their energy and work rate was reflected in the goals they scored and I'm really pleased for the three of them.

"It's never easy when a manager tells you you're not starting. But to come on with that attitude and application leaves me absolutely delighted."

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino refused to blame his players after they surrendered a two-goal advantage in a second successive game.

The Hornets collapsed again following Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Manchester City, with the same scoreline, and the Italian will seek a response in this weekend's match against Brighton.

"My aim is to make sure we remember the good things from tonight and forget the bad memories in time for Sunday's game at home," he told Watford's website.

"You must look only at me for the performance of the team, not at the players. They tried everything this season but it did not go in the right way for them.

"This can happen; what is important now is a chance we have to show we can make things right.

"I know we can fix the things that need attention.

"My compliments to Nottingham Forest for playing a good game after half time. I could see they drew a lot from their supporters once they got their first goal.

"For us, we win as a team and lose as a team. The time for us to make things right again lies ahead of us now."