Nottingham Forest boss wants 'good game' with Cardiff

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce is expecting a tough test with Cardiff City in their first game under Russell Slade.

Slade was appointed Bluebirds head coach last week, taking the reigns from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and has had a weeks worth of training before heading into his first game in charge this weekend.

The Welsh side host joint Championship leaders Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with the Reds looking to continue their unbeaten run, whilst also hoping to win their first game in five. The tie is a tough debut for Slade, but Pearce is worried that the Bluesbirds could put on a top class performance, with the former Leyton Orient coach hoping to have an immediate impact with his new side.

Speaking to the official Forest website, Pearce said: “He’ll want to have an impact. He’s just come into Cardiff and will be hopeful of hitting the ground running and putting on a good performance to buoy up the home fans.

“He comes with a good track record and has played some good football wherever he’s managed before.”

Before his appointment in Wales, 54-year-old Slade had been in charge of League One side Leyton Orient for four years, leading them to the Play-Off Final last season. His stay with the London side made him the fourth longest serving manager in English football, and, upon his resignation, his win ratio of 42.6% with Orient was the best in the history of the club.

A hard working manager, with a solid reputation in English football, Pearce is pleased to be facing Slade in his first match, whilst hoping for a ‘good game all round’.

“I think it’s a great game for him to start with,” he added.

"He’s coming up against a team in the top two of the league and unbeaten. It’ll be a good game all round I think.”

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