Nottingham Forest manager had praise for young midfielder Ben Osborn after what he described as a ‘frustrating’ defeat against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.
Forest were beaten 2-0 by the Owls
, who scored through Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire either side of the break.
Pearce said: “It was very frustrating. I didn’t think there was a great deal in the game. We had the better skirmishes in the first half but from a corner they broke and scored. We came in 1-0 down and it hurt our confidence.
“You can’t feel sorry for yourself. We’re going to have to work hard and get through this. It’s important that the group don’t go hiding within themselves and that they come out fighting, probably the way Ben Osborn did in the second half. I thought he showed great vigour. His game was unshakeable.”
The East Midlands derby is up next for Pearce’s men – a match the manager believes could be the perfect tonic to end Forest’s difficult run.
He said: “It’s a fantastic game for us. With the run we’re on Derby are massive favourites. In some ways we’ve got nothing to lose.
“If we’re going to end this bad run there’s no better place to do it than on Derby’s pitch.”