Nottingham Forest boss pleased with 'real determination' of squad

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce has praised his squad in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw with Ipswich.

Michail Antonio’s injury time equaliser kept Forest’s unbeaten start to the season intact, and once again moved them into the top two of the Championship table.

Having been within minutes of losing one of two unbeaten runs remaining in the Championship, the draw was a good result, although Stuart Pearce’s men have now shared the spoils in four consecutive games, and should be thankful that no team is taking the initiative at the top of the table.

Despite the negative result heading into the final minutes, Pearce was not fearing defeat, with his faith strengthened with the knowledge of his squad’s determination to always get a result. Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Pearce believed that his squad deserved more than a point, although he was not disappointed with the result in the aftermath of a pressure-filled game.

He said: "As they [the players] have shown many times before in games this season, they will fight to the last.

"We deserved to score two or three goals in the second half. Their keeper made two or three outstanding saves. We are also pleased with the chances we created. We will take the positives out of this. We will take the point, even if we were hoping for three.

"The plus side to this club is that we are working with a squad of players who, as I have said many times before, have a real determination not to be beaten. We showed that again.

"Yes, we had to score late on to get a point, but we had some great chances in the second half and we could have won the game by four or five, I thought."

Pearce is confident that, despite the great start to the season, Forest can continue to improve, once the squad show a bigger belief - and when they are back to full fitness.

"I thought we did that better in the second half and, once we show a little more belief in passing the ball, I believe we will steam roller sides,” the coach added.

"We played a team who have a defined style of play; who are good at what they do. They will be somewhere near the top of the table,”

"But, in this league, as you find out very quickly, every game is a cup final, physically and mentally, it is draining for the players. That goes for every team."

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