Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce is wary of Fulham’s attacking threat, but says his side will be heading to Craven Cottage determined to build some momentum.The Reds camp is in buoyant mood after Saturday’s dramatic East Midlands derby victory.
And, while Pearce knows his side must keep the likes of Ross McCormack, Brian Ruiz and Hugo Rodallega quiet if they are to get a result in West London tomorrow night, the manager sees the match as a big opportunity for his men.
He told Forest Player: “Those three are outstanding talents. They’ve got two youngsters, Dembele and Woodrow, who have come through the academy set-up with Steve Wigley, and Patrick Roberts on the bench. They’ve got a good squad situation and it’s going to be a tough game for us, there’s no doubt.
“They’re certainly picking up after a horrific start to the season, but it should be a game we go in to with our tails up, saying ‘We need to build from the weekend. Can we get a positive result to keep the momentum going now?’
“It’s a good thing that we have the Fulham game coming very quickly.”
Ben Osborn’s injury-time winner against The Rams left Forest fans celebrating at the iPro long after the final whistle – actions matched by those in the away dressing room.
Pearce said: “There was a real level of euphoria and togetherness, and I’m not just talking about the players who got on the pitch.
“I’m talking about everybody - the club captain and vice-captain were both in the dressing room before, at half-time and after the game, sharing the moment and lending support.
“That for me shows a football club that’s together.
“It was a great victory, in isolation. We need to make sure that in three or four months’ time we’re looking back at the result against Derby and saying ‘That was the day it really happened for us. That was the day that pushed us on and that’s why we’re sitting where we are today.’”
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