Nottingham Forest's Danny Fox hails the side's squad depth

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox has spoken on the difficulties that Stuart Pearce faces at the City Ground in picking a team.

Nottingham Forest full-back Danny Fox says that picking a first-eleven must be a 'nightmare' for Stuart Pearce every week such is the competition for places at the City Ground.

The Reds have one of the strongest squads in the Championship this season and Fox believes that having so much quality can pose its own difficulties.

The 28-year-old is considered a regular starter at the City Ground, but he clearly understands the problems which Pearce faces on match day. 

"The manager has a very good squad, it is one of the best in the Championship and it must be a nightmare for the gaffer to pick a team every week," he said to the Nottingham Post

"[Andy] Reid, [Chris] Cohen and [Jack] Hobbs are out injured, but there are still players fighting for a place in every position."

Despite Fox's confidence in the squad's ability, it has not shown as regularly as the Reds would have wanted in recent weeks.

The squad went through a torrid run of form, failing to win for ten games in a row, but they appear to have come through the worst of it after beating Norwich City in their last fixture before the international break. 

Forest showed great character to come from behind to beat the Canaries and they will be looking to make up for lost time in their promotion push now. 

They realise how tough a test gaining promotion will be, though, and Fox was quick to point out the strength of Watford, one of the other promotion contenders in the division.

The Hornets have been one of the Championship's best sides so far and currently occupy a playoff spot, meaning Pearce's side will have to be at the top of their game if they are to finish ahead of them.

"Look at Watford's bench the other week," he said. "They had Lloyd Dyer, Anya, and Troy Deeney on the bench, they could not even get into their side.

"If they came on in the final 20 minutes against any side, it would have you thinking. We do have that kind of depth as well. We have quality players. But we have to be more ruthless."

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