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A wave of positivity

28 November 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says there is a 'feel-good factor' surrounding the club ahead of Saturday's trip to Birmingham City.

The Reds make the journey to St Andrew's in high spirits following back-to-back wins over Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers and the manager says belief in the camp is strong as they look to make it three wins from three.

Speaking to Forest Player, Pearce said: "It was a fantastic performance at Molineux and everything we'd worked through on the training pitch, we took into the game. Now we have to repeat that and take the ethos we have into the Birmingham game to try and get another desired result.

"As always I'll pick players who have done well in training. Even after we beat Norwich I still saw fit to make four changes for the Wolves game but after that performance I can't see myself making too many changes this weekend.

"The building blocks that you put in place must always be a constant at a football club. The feel-good factor is there for all to see at the moment and that even gets mentioned by people who come in from outside the club."

Saturday's opponents are unbeaten in four games under the leadership of new manager Gary Rowett and Pearce says he is expecting a much tougher encounter at St Andrew's than he may have been six weeks ago.

He said: "Since Gary Rowett has gone in they've become a very well-organised team and they've got their tails up thanks to some good results. Gary has concentrated on keeping things tight at the back and using that as a solid building block to get results.

"I think it will be a tight game and maybe the first goal will be crucial for whichever side gets it. We know Birmingham will set up well and look to counter-attack but we need to be ready for that."

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