Pearce identifies Nottingham Forest's missing ingredient

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Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce wants his side to start playing with more confidence.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says that he has been trying to build the team's confidence in training this week. 

Pearce was left frustrated by his side's inability to keep possession in their last fixture against Rotherham United, which they drew 0-0, and he knows this will need to improve in their coming matches. 

That said, the Reds boss did take some positives out of their stalemate last weekend and he paid tribute to his side's fighting spirit today. 

“It’s a case of galvanising that little bit of confidence in the team and trusting the players," he said to the club's official site

“They scrapped really well at Rotherham to get a foothold in the game. We competed fantastically well.

“Once you’ve done that and turned the ball over it’s time to get it down and enjoy passing and possession.

“There are two elements of the game – out of possession and in possession. We work on both in every drill we do.”

Forest's season has taken a downturn after what was a blistering start. A run of 10 games without a win has seen them slip down the table and they have struggled to make up the ground on the playoff spaces since. 

Pearce's side were one of the Championship's promotion favourites and failure to reach the top six would be a major disappointment. 

They certainly have enough quality in their squad to make up the ground, though, and they will be looking to close the gap this weekend by beating Leeds United. 

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