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Pearce pleased with Royals romp

23 August 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce hailed the impact his new signings have made since arriving at the club after today’s 4-0 win over Reading.

Michail Antonio, Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt all got on the scoresheet at The City Ground and every goal The Reds have scored this season has come from a new player.

Speaking after the match, Pearce said: “The most important thing for me is not the results, it’s probably how well the new faces have come and settled straight into this team.

“I have to give credit to the likes of Andy Reid, Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs who have made them feel very welcome. The message I get from every new signing is that they have fitted in straight away.

“That is the most pleasing thing for me about the start to the season.”

But Pearce, who also revealed Jack Hobbs was absent due to an ankle knock, wasn’t entirely happy with how his side played in the opening 45 minutes against The Royals, despite taking a 1-0 lead into half-time.

He said: “When we play at home we have to go out and take the game by the scruff of the neck and I don’t think we did that.

“We let Reading get a foothold in the game and I told them at half-time ‘whenever you take to the football pitch don’t undersell yourselves’, and I think that’s exactly what we did.”

Pearce changed the shape of his side at the break and it had the desired effect.

He said: “Reading played with a 4-1-4-1 and we felt as though Ryan Edwards was causing us a slight problem in the number ten role.

“We changed the shape, put Matty Fryatt out on the right, brought Burke inside and put three in midfield.

“It improved us, we got a foothold in the game and that led to the goals.”

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