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It’s up to us

23 October 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has emphasised the need for his side to assert their authority on Saturday’s match against Blackburn.

The Reds take on Rovers in a kids for a quid clash at The City Ground and, although he recognises the threat of a side who regularly line up with two dangerous strikers in Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede, Pearce wants his men to take the mantle.  

He told Forest Player: “The most important thing is what we do as a team. Saturday is all about what we do.  

“They’re very well organised and have two very good strikers. Rhodes will score if you give him the opportunity, historically he’s done that, and Gestede is another player who has done extremely well in this league.  

“They have a good, young, up and coming manager who has a Forest connection as well. It’ll be a tough game for us but that’s the Championship.”  

The manager has had to combat a number of injuries and suspensions in recent weeks and is keen to preserve the condition of those currently available to him.  

Speaking ahead of training this morning, Pearce said: “There were no injuries directly from the Watford game.  

“We have to make sure we get two good training days under our belt to ensure everyone who is currently fit and available stays fit and available.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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