Stuart Pearce hopes Nottingham Forest will be more assured in possession against Leeds on Saturday.The manager was pleased with how his side battled in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Rotherham, but was left disappointed by the players’ performance with the ball.
And Pearce revealed to Forest Player this morning that he and his staff have been encouraging the team to relish their time in possession against the Whites.
He said: “It’s a case of galvanising that little bit of confidence in the team and trusting the players.
“They scrapped really well at Rotherham to get a foothold in the game. We competed fantastically well.
“Once you’ve done that and turned the ball over it’s time to get it down and enjoy passing and possession.
“There are two elements of the game – out of possession and in possession. We work on both in every drill we do.”
Saturday’s trip to the New York Stadium saw Dexter Blackstock make his first league start for Forest since October 2013.
And his manager is cautiously optimistic about what the striker could offer in the coming months.
Pearce said: “I can’t lose track of what a bad injury it was. It kept him out for a long time and he’s had to be more patient than he probably likes to be, playing in the Under 21s with a view to making sure when he did come back into action he could deliver a level of performance and fitness befitting first-team football.
“We’re pleased to have him back. It’s an extra striking option. He gives you an aerial threat that’s always a problem to defences.”