Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce was left to rue what he described as another ‘soft, soft goal’ in today’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Rochdale.The Reds were knocked out in the third round after Michail Antonio tripped Joe Rafferty in the penalty area, allowing Peter Vincenti to score what turned out to be a first-half winner from the spot.
And, while Pearce believed his side did enough to get a result at Spotland, he recognised the sloppy nature of the goal was unacceptable.
Speaking after the match, he said: “We’ve once again gifted the opposition a very, very soft goal. That decision-making under pressure has cost us. Apart from that we probably dominated the game. We had a host of efforts, especially in the second half, but we failed to create a goal.
“They’re showing enough endeavour, but if you make elementary mistakes in our own box it’s going to be costly.”
Pearce revealed Michael Mancienne will be absent for around a fortnight with an injury that kept him out of today’s match, while fellow absentee Matty Fryatt is expected to return to training next week ahead of the Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground.
He said: “You can’t lose track of where we are at the moment. There’s half a season left and, as I’ve said to the players, we have to make sure we get something out of this season.”