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30 October 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes Huddersfield will provide a sterner test on Saturday than they did earlier this season.

Forest will travel to face the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium, a ground where they secured a second-round Capital One Cup victory in August.

But former Charlton boss Chris Powell is in charge now and Pearce believes The Reds will be facing a stronger unit.

Speaking to Forest Player ahead of this morning’s open training session, Pearce said: “Since Chris Powell’s gone in there they’ve really picked up. We won there in the cup earlier in the season but now they’re a well-organised team who have picked up some good results recently.

“They’re undefeated in their last five matches, winning three of them, so we’ll be in for a tough game, there’s no doubt.

“But we’re looking forward to it and think we can do well there.”

Pearce confirmed his only injury concerns lie with long-term absentees Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs, and he hopes the team he picks for the weekend will be able to recapture the sensational form they showed at the start of the campaign.

He said: “We need to take our chances when we’re in the ascendancy, and on top of that we’ve got to get back to being a tighter team defensively.

“At the start of season we were coming out on top of games because we were keeping things tight at the back and, when opportunities came, we took them.

“We’re just shipping too many cheap goals for my liking and we have to make sure we eradicate that.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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