Billy Davies praised the determination of his Nottingham Forest players as they continued their fine form since the manager's return with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Charlton.

Forest have gone three games unbeaten since Davies began his second stint in charge, and Saturday's success followed a 6-1 midweek win over Huddersfield as they kept npower Championship play-off hopes alive.

"The confidence is growing," said Davies. "We have 12 games to go and we will give it our best shot. I have said to the players we go to the next match and give it a go again. We know where we are and what we have to do. We know what sort of team we have and we know we have to add to this team."

Forest sit four points outside the top six, and Davies is looking to dip into the loan market for the final push. He added: "We have five loanees but the chairman has said we can get more loan players in to try and fulfil the 20 per cent extra potential that has been missing."

Davies has been impressed with what he has seen since he came back and said: "There is a great spirit in the squad. A great togetherness, work ethic and the message has got across to individuals.

"Their work rate today was superb and we have to continue to do that because nothing has been done but we have had three good performances so far."

Forest's task was made easier when Charlton lost striker Yann Kermorgant to a straight red card eight minutes before the break for kicking Greg Halford after the ball had gone out of play.

Second-half goals from Radoslaw Majewski and Henri Lansbury gave the three points to the visitors at The Valley. Charlton boss Chris Powell accepted the red card was justified, saying: "I have seen it since and it is definitely a red card. It was the red mist for Yann. He does get a lot of knocks and is not always protected but no excuse.

"We lose him for three games now and he was immense for us in midweek. I was a bit perplexed at the time as to why the referee consulted the linesman on the far side, which seemed a bit bizarre.

"The sending-off made it even harder for us as it was difficult enough when it was 11 v 11 as Forest settled very well and used the ball well. We really needed to get to half-time and get reorganised but when you are down to 10 it makes it harder."