Pearce explains why Paterson hasn't been playing for Forest

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says that the form of Michail Antonio and Chris Burke has kept Jamie Paterson out of the team.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce says that the form of Michail Antonio and Chris Burke has kept Jamie Paterson out of the team. 

Paterson is considered one of Forest's most exciting attacking players, but he has rarely had a chance on the pitch so far this campaign.

The 22-year-old shone towards the back end of last season, but he has only made seven appearances so far this time around and most of those have came from the substitutes' bench.

Pearce has attributed his continued exclusion from the starting line-up to the form of his two summer signings.

Antonio has been in fine goalscoring form, scoring seven times, whilst Burke remains one of the finest wingers in the Championship and the Forest boss says it will be up to Paterson to impress him in training if he is to get back into the team.

"The answer can be found in what we have said previously – because Antonio has done exceptionally well and Chris Burke has done very well, as well," he said to the Nottingham Post

"Jamie has found himself in a difficult position where he has to be patient. He has to wait for his time. He must impress me in training or in under-21 games."

Despite his time on the sidelines, Paterson can have few complaints with the fact that Pearce has stuck by his players.

So far during his time in-charge at the City Ground the side have only lost once in the league and changing a winning formula is not something any manager likes to do.

Paterson, though, will be hoping to break into the team soon as he needs games to help him continue his progression.

It seems that he may have to bide his time at the weekend, when Forest take on Blackburn Rovers, but the aim will be to raise his standards away from the pitch to allow him to play his part in the Reds' promotion push in the near future.

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