Stuart Pearce hopes his Nottingham Forest team can apply pressure to the chasing pack by beating Millwall on Saturday.The Reds lead the way in the Sky Bet Championship and go into this weekend’s clash at The Den with an unbeaten record to protect.
And, while Pearce acknowledges Millwall’s threat after watching them in action against Reading in midweek, he is determined to preserve the scintillating start his side have made to the campaign.
He told Forest Player: “We should be confident. We’re going in undefeated and hope to come back undefeated as well.
“It’s an opportunity for us to nail three points and keep the pressure on the rest of the league. The challenge for the players is to still be top of the table come Saturday night.
“Ian Holloway likes his teams to be on the front foot and with Ricardo Fuller up front and Scott MacDonald in behind him they’ll pose a threat. They’re a side that want to play a lot of football and it’ll be a tough game for us.”
Britt Assombalonga stole the headlines with a hat-trick in Wednesday’s win over Fulham but Michail Antonio produced a stunning display of his own, winning the free-kick and penalty for Assombalonga’s first two goals, levelling the scores at 3-3 with an incredible individual effort and providing an assist to Jamie Paterson for Forest’s fifth.
And Pearce admits the prospect of facing Antonio would even have perturbed a player of his own quality.
He said: “He’s basically got everything an ex-full back like myself wouldn’t want to play against. He can beat you in the air, he’s got pace, power and a goalscoring threat.
“He’s a great foil coming off the wide areas and, as he showed against Fulham, he’s equally adept playing up front.”
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