Pearce suggests he will finally stop overlooking Paterson

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Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has suggested that Jamie Paterson will be in his starting line-up against Norwich City.

Nottingham Forest supporters have been baffled by Stuart Pearce's continued exclusion of Jamie Paterson, but it appears that the winger is back in his first-team thoughts now.

Paterson has had to play a peripheral role this season, making just two appearances since September, but his display against Brentford has been enough to convince Pearce he should stop overlooking him. 

Paterson came off the substitutes' bench for the final half-hour against the Bees, when Forest were already 3-0 down, and performed admirably in non-ideal circumstances.

Although he was not able to stop the defeat, he showed more threat than a number of the Reds starting line-up and it seems that Pearce is finally going to give him a run of games.

"We wanted to have Jamie on the bench as an attacking option and he showed what he can do when he came on. I was very impressed," Pearce told the Nottingham Post. "He showed me that I should not overlook him."

Paterson was one of the club's star performers last campaign, so to see him having to take such a backseat role is a surprise. 

Forest fans have been calling for the former Walsall winger to be handed a starting place for some time, and it seems that their wish may finally be granted this weekend when Forest take on Norwich City. 

It is a tough game for Paterson to have to make his return in, but the side will be relying on him to provide them with a spark if he does start.

Forest have now gone 10 games without a win and the pressure is growing on the team to get back on track.

The Reds are one of the promotion favourites in the division, but their form of late has been well short of the quality required if they are to meet their expectations. 

Norwich are a side who have been in good form this campaign, but Forest know they have the ability to hurt the Canaries' defence if they play to their best and Paterson will be hoping to do exactly that to retain his place in the team. 

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