Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce praised his side’s defensive display in this afternoon’s draw against Brighton, but cited a ‘lack of aggression’ in forward areas.The Reds played out their second consecutive 0-0 draw in the Sky Bet Championship, extending their unbeaten league run and preserving their place in the upper echelons of the table.
But their performance against The Seagulls didn’t match the standard of some of their previous displays and Pearce was disappointed his men didn’t take the game to the opposition more.
He said: “We didn’t go after Brighton as aggressively as I’d have liked both in possession and out, and we probably paid the penalty. Our two centre halves and goalkeeper did extremely well and probably gave us that foothold in the game to keep a clean sheet.
“We didn’t do enough going forward to really hurt the opposition and we have to learn the lesson from that. Brighton played a passing game and had the ball for far too long in my opinion.”
Pearce did acknowledge his side’s ability to grind out results despite not performing to their full potential, but says it’s now important his men develop a level of consistency which can lead to success.
He said: “We’ve had a real mixed bag this season. We’re pleased with the points haul at this moment in time but a little bit disappointed with the consistency we’re showing. We just have to make sure we solve that.
“We’ve stayed unbeaten, we’ve got ourselves a point and we have to make sure we’re more fruitful on Tuesday evening.”