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Pearce hails debutants' brace

9 August 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says his team won today’s clash against Blackpool with “two outstanding goals”.

Pearce’s men went 2-0 up after half an hour through new signings Michail Antonio and Chris Burke and the new manager was delighted with their finishes. 

“It is never easy when the goal is gaping like that,” said Pearce of Antonio’s goal, which came after Andy Reid’s long-range strike rattled off the post into the new man’s path. 

“And Burkey, I thought he was fantastic today, his movement off the line was very good and that is as good a finish as we’re likely to see.” 

Pearce also spoke highly of The Reds’ new strike force, Matty Fryatt and Britt Assombalonga.

He said: “I think the two of them played very well together.

“Britt was unfortunate not to get his name on the score sheet, as was Matty.

“I thought they worked really well together. They are intelligent footballers who want to work hard for the team.” 

The new manager received a rapturous reception from The City Ground faithful when he emerged from the tunnel at the start of the game, and while Pearce was humbled with the show of support he revealed it came as no surprise.

He said: “It was a fantastic reception, as you would expect. I’m not sure there’s another footballer in the country that’s had a reputation with supporters like I have over the decades and I was delighted and proud to walk out at the helm of this football club.

“In this day and age with the perception in football of players not caring and managers coming and going willy-nilly, I think it’s important for the supporters to look at the man at the helm of this football club and know he cares about it.”  

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