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Football: Davies refuses to get carried away as Forest go top

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Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies insists his side aren't the finished article yet after they swept to the top of the Championship with a 3-0 win over Bolton.

Billy Davies' side have made a flying start to the second tier campaign and goals from Jamie Mackie, Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury at the City Ground brushed aside Bolton, who played much of the second half with 10 men after Darren Pratley had been shown a second yellow card.

Having collected nine points from three games, Forest have made their best start in the Championship since 1997.

But Davies has no intention of getting carried away at this early stage of the season.

"I thought we played very well, but do not be kidded, there are still plenty of points to play for," he said.

"We have made a good start. But what does that mean? There is a long way to go.

"I am too long in the tooth to know anything else, other than that there is still a lot of work to do. We have still got to gel this team together."

Gianfranco Zola saluted Watford's fighting spirit after his second placed team hit back to earn a 3-3 draw at Reading.

Adam Le Fondre's opener and a brace from Jem Karacan put Reading 3-1 up, but Watford refused to surrender and Troy Deeney's penalty and a last-minute strike from Diego Fabbrini rescued a point.

That maintained Watford's unbeaten start and Hornets manager Zola said: "It feels good not to lose that game because it was difficult to see how we could get anything at half-time when we were 2-0 down.

"It pleased me that we never gave up. That is the good thing about this side.

"We will not be beaten easily. I am delighted we have that quality."

Wigan boss Owen Coyle blasted referee Graham Scott for sending off Callum McManaman during the FA Cup holders' 1-0 loss at Bournemouth.

McManaman headed for an early bath just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute after a heavy challenge on Brett Pitman.

But Coyle felt McManaman, who made headlines for a horror tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara last season, won the ball fairly.

"We all saw what happened but I was one yard from the incident and Callum clearly won the ball," Coyle said.

"I will certainly be appealing (against McManaman's suspension). I think the referee got it wrong."

Lewis Grabban netted the only goal of the fiercely contested battle on the south coast after 42 minutes.

Elsewhere, Marvin Emnes netted a stoppage time leveller as Middlesbrough ended third-placed Blackpool's 100 per cent start in a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Young striker Tom Hitchcock scored a last-minute winner on his QPR debut to give the pre-season promotion favourites a 1-0 win over Ipswich at Loftus Road.

Fourth-placed Burnley's unbeaten start continued after second-half strikes from Keith Treacy and Sam Vokes earned a 2-0 victory over Yeovil at Turf Moor.

A first-half own goal from Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant gave Leicester a 1-0 win in the local derby at Pride Park.

Bottom side Millwall remain without a point or a goal in the league this season after James Vaughan's second half goal earned a 1-0 victory for Huddersfield at The Den.

Elsewhere, Brighton won 1-0 at Birmingham and promoted Bournemouth beat FA Cup holders Wigan 1-0.

Leeds drew 1-1 against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Barnsley.

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