Davies defiant after defeat

Forest boss stays positive following Doncaster reverse

Davies: Remains positive

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was in a defiant mood after his side lost 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers.

Billy Sharp scored the only goal of the game with a header in the first half and Garath McCleary was sent off late on, as Forest suffered a blow in their hunt for promotion from the Championship.

They remain third in the table although Newcastle extended the gap between the two clubs by one point following a draw against Swansea.

However, Davies was far from downbeat following the loss, and instead made parallels to Forest's legendary European Cup winning side of 1979 and 1980, and integral midfielder John McGovern.

"Why should I be down?" he said. "We've just come off a 19-game unbeaten run. I've just said to the players, do you think John McGovern won two European Cups because everything went right throughout a season?

"Over a season, there are good times and there are bad times, but we're sitting in the top three at the moment. Ask John McGovern what it takes to win two European Cups.

"It's horrible because we had three one-on-one situations with their goalkeeper and we had a stonewall penalty turned down in the first half and we lost a very soft goal.

"You can't have three one-on-ones and that penalty claim and it be your day. I said for weeks that these things would happen between now and the end of the season.

"But we need to earn the right, and the players need to enjoy the good times and the bad times. I've been through it all before."

Rovers reaction

Doncaster move up to 15th in the table with the narrow victory after Sharp's 12th goal in his loan spell from Sheffield United.

Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll was once again delighted with the striker, and admitted he would love to sign him on a permanent deal.

"He's not my player, he's Sheffield United's player so I can't say what I'd like to do with him in the summer," he said.

"Of course I would like to keep him but someone needs to give me a million quid.

"He has been terrific for us. He had four or five games when he went without a goal and we said to him not to get frustrated because he is still a big influence for us.

"I'm pleased for him and all the goals he has scored for us have been crucial.

"He had a good tussle with Wes Morgan today and he gets frustrated very easily, so we told him to handle it, and he did so very well."