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Making good progress

2 August 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says that today's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion was "another stepping stone" for the club.

Speaking to Forest Player after his side's impressive win over the Baggies, Pearce said he was pleased with the quality of the performance.

He said: "The manner of the performance was the important thing for me today and for the players to show me they are taking a step forward in what we're asking of them and they have done exactly that.

"I told them after the game that we've got a long way ahead of us, and we've got to improve drastically still, but I think they are prepared for that and today was another stepping stone for this football club." 

There was lots of positives for the Reds, but one negative was the loss of Mikele Leigertwood, who came off after 21 minutes with a hip problem. 

"He's jarred his hip basically so we'll have a look at that tomorrow, see how that settles down, but he's been a fantastic influence around this club," said Pearce about the trialist, who's been with the club for a month now.

"It's the injury situation that's the question mark with Mikele, he knows that, but I've been suitably impressed with what he's like on the football pitch and off it as well."

Club captain Chris Cohen returned from eight months out, along with Jack Hobbs, and they are likely to feature again on Tuesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burton Albion, with Pearce admitting he's likely to field a strong side.

"We didn't think Burton would be as important as it actually is, but with the injury situation and one or two individuals needing match action, I might arguably be sending out the strongest side that I've picked this pre-season.

"I hope that's the case, and come Tuesday afternoon when the game's finished, I hope that I can say I've got a real squad of players I can pick from Saturday's game."

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