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Stuart Pearce heaps praise on Nottingham Forest

24 November 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce hailed his players for the way that they have kick-started their season after a clinical display against Wolves put their promotion hopes back on course.

Second-half goals from Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Henri Lansbury made it a 3-0 win at Molineux and saw Forest complete back to back victories after a run of nine Championship games without a win.

Pearce said: "Both defensively and offensively we did very well. We had seen that in training over the last couple of weeks.

"That attitude of the players has been very good. They have had their tails up. We have taken our training performance into the game.

"We have seen first hand how the confidence and the mood of the camp has lifted. Confidence is a real commodity in professional sport we know that.

"It becomes a bit more fragile when you drop away from the real top end of the game - the top end of the Premiership and international football.

"But they have shown me over the last couple of weeks that their tails have been up.

"They have been really focused and we are just pleased with the result and performance and we need to keep edging forward.

"It will chop and change right to the death and the teams that have been most consistent will be the ones who are in the top six."

Lansbury starred for Forest but Pearce admitted he had not been due to start the game until he impressed in training.

Pearce added: "Thursday he wasn't in the team. His performances in training and his mentality got better and I changed my team selection on Thursday afternoon on what I saw in training.

"If we are to be a successful side, Lansbury has to contribute with performances and goals."

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