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Cut out the mistakes

5 November 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side must eradicate ‘silly errors’ if they are to get back to winning ways.

The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Brentford this evening, Jon Toral giving the Bees the lead before Andre Gray capitalised on a misplaced backpass to make it 2-0.

Alex Pritchard scored a second-half penalty to put the game beyond doubt, despite Michail Antonio’s late consolation.

Speaking in the wake of the defeat, Pearce stressed the need for his team to ‘get on top’ of their mistakes.

He said: “We’re in a situation where we keep making silly errors which are eroding us at this moment in time. Until we get on top of that we’re going to continually have problems.”

But Pearce was pleased with the fight his side showed in the second period, particularly after Danny Fox was forced off with an injury after the manager had used all three of his substitutions.

He said: “The players showed me in the second half that they care about this football club and they tried to force their way back in the game, especially after going down to ten men.

“The players are acutely aware that we are making some silly errors which were uncharacteristic of us at the start of the season when we were confident and winning matches. We have to soldier on and make sure that we’re ready for Saturday.

“I’m not going to be morose, I’ve got a job to do at this football club, a club that I love very much, and I’ll carry on doing that job. It’s down to me.

“I need to come out fighting and I think I’ve got the character and the personality to do so, so I’ll continue to do that.”

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