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Pearce searching for momentum

20 December 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side will pick up some momentum when they put to bed the ‘nervousness’ about their play.

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, Pearce said his side are lacking composure on the ball and failing to take control of games.

He said: “We’re playing with a touch of nervousness at the moment and we’re lacking that little bit of composure about our play, which isn’t enabling us to get after teams and get hold of games by the scruff of the neck.

“Momentum will come when we put to bed that bit of nervousness and we show a little more composure and character on the ball. We know we’ve got good footballers and athletes in the side and we know we’re under-par at this moment in time.

“We’re disappointed we’ve drawn again but that is the nature of our football club.”

Dexter Blackstock came off in the first half but Pearce said it was predominantly precautionary.

He said: “We hope it’s just a nerve knock on his leg. I don’t think it’s too serious at this moment in time.

“With his injury situation over the last ten months we couldn’t take a chance on that.”

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