Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side never grabbed this afternoon’s game with Millwall ‘by the scruff of the neck’.Speaking after The Reds’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ian Holloway’s men, Pearce said his side had the opportunities to win the game, but the first goal was vital.
He said: “We created chances but never really had the gumption and the oomph to take the game by the scruff of the neck and run the opposition into the ground.
“I can’t take any credit away from Millwall, they’ve come and won here, but I think this was a game our players could have won two or three nil today.
“We needed that first goal and we couldn’t find it.”
Forest came close to scoring on a number of occasions before Ricardo Fuller’s 83rd-minute winner, and Pearce believes his side’s inability to score today reflects the form they are in at the moment.
He said: “Some of the opportunities Michail and Britt had, they would have gone on and probably scored a few months ago.
“Over 90 minutes we didn’t get on top of the opposition. We’ve failed to do that on occasions and today was really symptomatic of that.”