'Nobody has looked stronger than us' - Pearce hails Forest team

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Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has hailed his team's fitness levels.

Nottingham Forest's form may be alarmingly poor, but Stuart Pearce insists that he is still yet to a team who look stronger than them at the end of games this season.

The Reds relied on their fitness levels to beat Norwich City this weekend, scoring twice in the last five minutes, to turnaround a deficit.

It was a victory of massive importance to the team, as it ended a run of ten games without a win, and Pearce paid tribute to his team's stamina today. 

"I don't think there has been a game this season where we have finished the game and our opponents have looked stronger than us," he said to the Nottingham Post.

"Credit to the players for that, because we always look strong, physically, at the end of matches."

Forest had been one of the favourites for promotion for this campaign, but their poor run of results meant that questions marks were raised over their credentials to even make the playoffs. 

However, this result should put them back on track again and they will be looking to break back into the top-six as quickly as possible.

At the moment, the Reds are three points off the playoff spots and six away from the top-two, meaning that they will have to build on this recent victory if they are to breach the gap.

The momentum gained from their comeback win against Norwich may be dented quite a bit, though, because of the international break.

There is a two week absence of club fixtures in the Championship due to the commitments of players representing their countries and it has come at a bad team for Pearce's men.

When they do get back to action they will face Wolverhampton Wanderers, in what looks a tough test of their credentials.

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