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A missed opportunity

5 October 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side had the chances to beat Ipswich comfortably this afternoon.

Pearce had to settle for a 2-2 draw courtesy of Michail Antonio’s injury-time equaliser, but he thought his side could have won the game by a few goals based on the opportunities they created after the interval.

He said: “Yes we scored really late on but we had some great chances in the second half to nail them and probably win the game by four or five.

“The plus side for this football club is that we’ve got a squad of players who have got a real determination not to get beaten and they’ve shown that.

“Once we show that little bit more belief in passing the ball I think we’ll steamroll sides.”

Robert Tesche had equalised for Forest on 63 minutes before Daryl Murphy put The Tractor Boys back in front with his second goal eight minutes later.

And Pearce, who explained Kelvin Wilson’s first-half substitution came as a result of the defender feeling unwell, praised the effect Tesche has had in recent weeks.

He said: “He’s got up to the pace of English football very quickly and he’s growing into the game. I thought he had his best match at Wigan and maybe this was slightly better.

“Michael Mancienne brought him into the club with his recommendation. He said he’s an outstanding player, an outstanding professional and an outstanding person and everything that he’s told us about the kid was right.”

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