Stuart Pearce: Four summer signings I'm as happy with as Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce has praised some of his unsung summer signings.

It's fair to say that Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga have stolen much of the headlines at Nottingham Forest since arriving this summer.

The £6.5 million pair have scored a combined 20 goals between them since arriving at the City Ground during the transfer window. 

It has been a brilliant start to life for them both at Forest - but their manager Stuart Pearce says he is as happy with the initial impact that a number of his other, cheaper signings have also made. 

"Of course I take satisfaction from it (seeing Assombalonga and Antonio in good form)," Pearce admitted to the Nottingham Post. "Any manager who spends money to bring players to a club wants to see an impact from them.

"But then, we paid considerably less for Michael Mancienne than we did for Britt and Matty Fryatt was a Bosman, as was Chris Burke.

"Everything balances out and I would like to think all of them have had a big impact at the club.

"When you add Robert Tesche to that as well, we are pleased with the players we have brought in."

Forest's summer dealings have given Pearce one of the strongest squads in the division but that has its own drawbacks.

Although it means that there is a great depth to the squad, it also raises expectations and so far they have struggled to match them.

Forest made a blistering start to the season but their form has since tailed off and one win in eleven games is not good enough for a side tipped to be among the automatic promotion contenders.

It means that the pressure is building on Pearce and his side to get back into the play-off places but their task is not an easy one.

Later today the Reds face a tough test against a high-flying Wolverhampton Wandereers side who have adapted to life in the second tier with ease since achieving promotion this season. 

If they are able to pick up a win, though, it could put Forest back into the play-off chasing pack and that is surely what they will be aiming for, as they look to gather some momentum in the coming weeks. 

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