'Feeling sorry for themselves' - Pearce critical of Forest's mentality

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce is worried at the lack of fight his team are showing.

Stuart Pearce has feels that one or two of his Nottingham Forest squad are feeling sorry for themselves after the club's poor run of form.

The Reds have now gone nine games without a win, after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town at the weekend and Pearce is not happy with the attitude of some of his squad members.

He feels that a few of his team have started to cave-in under the pressure and insists that they must show more fight in their next game, which comes against Brentford in midweek. 

"It is vital that we send the fans home with a win to celebrate on Wednesday," he said to the Nottingham Post. "But not just for them, but because one or two of the players are starting to feel sorry for themselves.

"One or two of them are looking over their shoulders at other people. But you cannot afford to do that.

"Even if you don't feel like smiling as a manager or player, you still have to say to yourself 'right, okay – we are going to turn this around'."

The loss on Saturday was a bitter pill for Forest to swallow and it leaves them even further off the front-two spaces.

The side have raised expectations after a brilliant start to the campaign, but their recent run of form has left many of the supporters bewildered at what could have changed so dramatically.

The side were unbeaten for a sizeable chunk of the early part of the season, but their struggles to pick up three points recently have undone much of their hard work at the initial part of the campaign.

When they face Brentford the atmosphere at the City Ground promises to be a tense one, but Pearce's side will need to be at their best to win the match.

The Bees have adapted to the Championship with ease following promotion last season and their comeback win against Derby County at the weekend was a signal of their quality. 

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