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A disappointing day

25 October 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce was disappointed with the way his side managed the second half of this afternoon’s defeat against Blackburn Rovers.

The Reds went into the break a goal up courtesy of Matty Fryatt but Rovers turned the match on its head, scoring three times to consign Forest to their first home defeat of the season.

Speaking after the match, Pearce said: “We were reasonably pleased coming in 1-0 up at half-time. We felt as though we could get on top of them and get the second goal.

“But we didn’t take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half. The more Blackburn got on top of us, the more I felt we didn’t show enough leadership as a group of players to stem the flow and put the pressure back on them.

“We were maybe unfortunate not to get back in the game at 1-1 with Henri and Britt’s efforts, but I think overall it was a very disappointing performance from us in the second half. Credit to Blackburn - they deserve the victory on their second-half performance.”

Next up for Forest is a trip to Huddersfield, and Pearce believes he will learn a lot about his squad in the run up to the match.

He said: “As I said to the players, you learn more about people in times of adversity than you do when you’re winning games.

“The players will be hurting, and rightly so after their second-half performance, and from there we have to make sure we’re prepared to roll our sleeves up and work our way out of this situation.”

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