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A fair point

14 September 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes a draw was a ‘fair result’ in this afternoon’s East Midlands derby.

Ryan Shotton cancelled out Britt Assombalonga’s opener to claim a point for The Rams on an afternoon which saw Derby’s Jake Buxton sent off late on.

And Pearce believes neither side can feel aggrieved with a share of the spoils.

He said: “It was very scrappy - a typical derby game. There was a lack of quality from both sides and when we got our noses in front I was hoping we would go on to secure the three points.

“Derby will probably come away from this happier than we are but I think, over the 90 minutes, a draw was a fair result.

“We’ll learn our lessons and, once again, I think we can improve on that performance.”

The match was played out in front of a sell-out crowd, producing an atmosphere like no other for Pearce.

He said: “It was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever known at this ground - that includes my playing days. It was absolutely outstanding and credit to both sets of fans.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t have put on a footballing exhibition that matched their efforts, but that’s the way it is.”

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