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The correct decision

29 November 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce said the decision which cost them a point at Birmingham City this afternoon was the right one.

Despite initial confusion in the build-up to Paul Caddis's match-winning penalty in the final minute, Pearce says the correct call was made following Britt Assombalonga's handball.

Speaking to Forest Player after the game he said: "I saw Britt handball it and so did the fourth official behind me.

"I'm not quite sure how the referee and his linesman who were closer could not see that but fair play to the referee, he has admitted he couldn't see the incident.

"It has taken a while for the decision to be made but eventually the right one has been and we accept that. We'll never be a football club that bemoans the match officials."

Assombalonga's equaliser had seemed set to give The Reds a share of the spoils at St Andrew's but Pearce says the point may not have been a deserved one.

He said: "We're not going to use the penalty as a smokescreen or an excuse for why we haven't taken something from the game today. We didn't play well enough and that is the bottom line.

"We've got a lot of hard work to do before the Charlton next week and the players need to show me that they're up for the fight."

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