Nottingham Forest manager insists playing against ten men “very difficult”

Billy Davies found it tough going against ten-man SwanseaNottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has claimed that his team should have been awarded a penalty during the first play-off leg against Swansea but that it can be difficult playing against ten men.

Swansea had Neil Taylor sent off in the very first minute meaning the Welsh side had to play the full 90 minutes with ten men at the City Ground.

Davies however suggested that the tie is only at the half way stage and that everything is still to play for.

Talking to Skysports Davies said.

“It is halfway through, I thought first-half we were pedestrian, but second half was much better and we created chances and could have had a penalty, but it is not easy playing against ten men, but they worked hard, second half we had a enough of the play to get a goal or two, but in the end if is halfway.”

The Forest manager continued.

“It is very difficult against the 10 men as they work harder and the 11 can think it is easier, which it isn’t – but we tried to probe and create but one or two did not fall for us, we tried to get more tempo into it and move the ball more and we got wider and created a few overloads and first half we didn’t do that.”

The penalty decision would probably have gone for them on another day but Thursday was not it.

“You need breaks and I think the ref may have been unfortunate about the view and it looked like clear handball but we were a bit unfortunate but that is football,” he said, insisting that the tie is still wide open.

“I don’t think there is any favourite in the play-offs, I don’t think you can say, they will be more pleased as they had 10 men but they will know things are not over.”

Nottingham Forest travel to Swansea on Monday 16th May for the return leg with the score standing at 0-0.

Free Bet