Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says he valued Britt Assombalonga’s selfless performance against Tranmere on Tuesday as highly as today’s against Bolton.The striker scored his first goals in Forest colours, twice clawing Forest level at the Macron Stadium, and came within inches of claiming a hat-trick with a second-half header.
And while Assombalonga’s goals were crucial for his team today, Pearce says he is just as valuable for his work ethic.
Speaking after the game, the manager said: “He took both goals very well. Even when he doesn’t score he’s such a threat to the opposition’s back line. He hurries defenders and competes very well.
“He’ll go home today very pleased that he’s got two goals, but I’m as pleased as I was with him on Tuesday for the unselfish work that he did as I am today for him scoring twice. Neither is lost on me.
“The more him and Matty Fryatt work together, and the more football we can get Lars Veldwijk from the bench, the more they will improve. It’s a team effort and I like what I saw from them - they’re a handful.”
Forest dominated the match for large spells but couldn’t quite find a winner.
Pearce said: “I thought we showed great cutting edge in our play and the only downside, on a day we played some football I think our supporters can be proud of, was we defended fairly averagely in the first half. But they picked up the messages at half-time and I think we improved a lot.
“I’m disappointed we haven’t won the game, but the manner of which we passed the ball and attacked the opposition is something to work with.”