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More self-belief required

26 December 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side are lacking the 'arrogance' required to hurt their opponents.

The Reds suffered a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium this afternoon, conceding three second-half goals after producing a resilient display in the opening 45 minutes.

And Pearce believes it's his side's work in possession that needs to improve if they are to turn their form around.

Speaking after the match, the manager told Forest Player: "We gave ourselves a foothold in the game coming in 0-0 at half-time. We felt we would have opportunities on the break against them. When we did turn it over on the break, though, we couldn’t find that killer pass to hurt them.

"We're suffering from a lack of confidence as a team, there's no doubt about that. We just have to unlock that little bit of arrogance on the ball. There are one or two who are maybe feeling a little bit sorry for themselves at the moment, but in this division you can't afford that."

It's a quick turnaround for Forest, who face Birmingham on 28 December.

And Pearce admits he had one eye on that match once he felt the game became unsalvageable following Kelvin Wilson's red card.

He said: "With two games in three days we took Michail Antonio off the pitch to make sure we saved his legs.

"We'll have a look at this game and see where we come out tomorrow morning. We'll work a system accordingly that we think is going to beat Birmingham."

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