Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has been reflecting on his side’s 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic at the City Ground in the Championship on Saturday.
Visitors Charlton took the lead through Callum Harriott in the ninth minute, but Robert Tesche equalised just before the hour mark with a stunning 22-yard volley.
Forest’s performance in the first half left much to be desired, but the home team stepped up their game in the second period.
Manager Pearce has now revealed what he told the players at half time.
“It was a game of two halves,” Forest’s official website quotes him as saying. “In the first half we showed no desire, no devilment, no real ‘oomph’, and there was a real nervousness about our play.
“We had one or two critical words, constructive ones, and it was a case of saying, ‘look, you’re doing yourselves a disservice – you have to take what you’re doing on the training pitch into matchdays.’
“The second half was a total contrast. I thought the players got on the front foot, showed good desire and energy – all the things that were lacking in the opening 45.”
Forest are currently 10th in the Championship table with 29 points from 20 matches, just three points behind sixth-placed Watford.