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A game of two halves

6 December 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce described this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic as a ‘game of two halves’.

Forest were a goal down at half-time but Pearce’s men fought back in the second period, levelling through a stunning Robert Tesche strike and putting in an improved performance that the manager believed was good enough to win the match.

He said: “It was a game of two halves. In the first half we showed no desire, no devilment, no real ‘oomph’, and there was a real nervousness about our play.

“We had one or two critical words, constructive ones, and it was a case of saying, ‘look, you’re doing yourselves a disservice – you have to take what you’re doing on the training pitch into matchdays.’

“The second half was a total contrast. I thought the players got on the front foot, showed good desire and energy – all the things that were lacking in the opening 45.

“We deserved to win the game on that second-half performance alone. That will serve as a learning curve for this football club, for us as coaches and the playing staff as well.

“We can’t start matches in the manner that we did when we can put a performance on like we did in the second half.”

The manager praised Tesche’s second goal for the club, a long-range strike that flew into the top corner.

Pearce said: “It was an unbelievable goal – a fantastic strike that would grace any game in this country today.

“Robert’s done extremely well in training and he’s been disappointed to be left out recently. Henri’s just got in there before but we know Robert’s ready for it.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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