Davies hails McGugan strike

Forest boss pleased with virus-hit star

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies led the acclaim for Lewis McGugan after the freescoring midfielder's spectacular strike illuminated the 2-0 victory over Ipswich.

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McGugan added to David McGoldrick's opener with a wonderful 35-yard free-kick that left Davies purring.

And the Scotsman revealed he thought McGugan may have missed the clash after being taken ill during the week.

Davies said: "It has to be one of the goals of the season - if not the goal of the season. It's certainly a candidate.

"I was worried that he wouldn't make it today because he had to miss training on Thursday with a virus and I didn't expect too much from him.

"He looked a bit leggy but he scored a wonder goal and we all know that's what he is capable of producing.

"I was delighted with David McGoldrick's goal too. It will do his confidence the world of good."

Davies added: "It was a very pleasing three points for us.

"We showed a lot of determination and I thought the goalkeeper and defence were superb considering it was a makeshift back four.

"We've now lost just twice in 13 games and we could be a lot better off because we have let teams off at times this season."

Keane frustration

Ipswich boss Roy Keane was not complaining despite seeing his side lose for the third successive match.

He said: "The second goal coming just before half-time was a real blow for us. We just wanted to get in 1-0 down and we should have seen it out to the break.

"I don't want to take the glory away from the lad because it was a fine strike but it showed that we are not streetwise.

"We conceded two bad goals and we didn't get any breaks ourselves - but that's the way it is at the moment.

"We didn't make their goalkeeper work too hard but it was not as if our keeper was having to make saves left, right and centre.

"Forest are ahead of us at the moment in that they have some very good players with experience and we are asking young players to do a man's job.

"But we have good honesty in the squad and when you have that you have a chance."