Megson praises troops
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nottm Forest boss Gary Megson praised his side's display at Spurs.Nottingham Forest boss Gary Megson praised his side's display in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, especially young goalkeeper Colin Doyle.
Megson's troops came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at White Hart Lane, and the manager was quick to praise his men, who are currently struggling in the Championship drop zone.
"Coming here nobody expected us to go and get a result like that," said Megson.
"What I did expect was a game that we gave everything in, kept our shape and battled hard and I think we did that.
"In the quality of chances we had, we could have won.
"That has been the story of my season at Forest over the last few weeks. We don't turn enough chances into goals, hence we are where we are."
19-year-old goalkeeper Doyle was making his first Forest appearance since joining on loan from Birmingham, and unfortunately he marked his debut with an almighty clanger.
Doyle somehow let Jermain Defoe's free kick slip through his fingers to hand Spurs the lead, but he held his nerve to pull off some good saves in the second half.
"You do feel for him," added Megson. "I said to him during the week, keep goal before you do anything else.
"Unfortunately that was the softest shot he had all afternoon and he just took his eye off it. It was an awful error.
"But there is no getting away from it that after that he showed a strength of character you might not expect in a 19-year-old.
"He played ever so well. The most pleasing thing was that he came out and took a cross 17 metres out with five minutes to go. It would have been easy to expect him to not come for it.
"To make your debut under those conditions isn't ideal. But he is not coming into a team that is flying, he has come into a team that has let in 45 goals.
"Nobody had go at him or particularly mentioned it at half time.
"He made a mistake but the way he got on with it was very impressive."