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Pearce hopes to pass Reading exam

21 August 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says his side's top-of-the-table status will count for nothing when they face Reading on Saturday.

The Reds moved to the summit with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday night but the manager says victory at the Goldsands Stadium will only be worthwhile if his charges can beat Nigel Adkins's side this weekend.

Speaking to Forest Player, he said: "You can throw the league table out every Saturday evening and Wednesday morning because it doesn't matter. League form doesn't make any difference in the Championship and we have to take every game individually.

"Having said that, we'll be buoyed going into the game after a reasonable start to the season but we have to back up the three points from Tuesday night with a win at home. Reading are a good side with an excellent manager and a great pedigree so it will be a tough test."

The midweek success at Bournemouth maintained Forest's unbeaten start to the campaign and Pearce says he has set the players a short-term target before they head off on the international break at the beginning of September.

He said: "The longer we can go unbeaten in the season, the better it will be. Our aim is to go into the September international break unbeaten and to maintain the league position we have at present.

"I learned a lot about the players, the coaching staff and myself on Tuesday night. Of course it is nice to win matches and the players are showing me all the time that they want to roll their sleeves up and gain results for this football club."

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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