Pearce identifies two key areas where he wants Nottingham Forest to improve

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce has revealed where he wants Nottingham Forest to learn and get better after defeat to Rochdale in the FA Cup.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce is hoping his side learns quickly how to make more of pressure and creating good chances in important games.

Forest were beaten 1-0 away at Rochdale in the third round of the FA Cup, in a game where Pearce felt his Championship giants had the majority of the game.

With promotion into the Premier League now the focus for his team over the second half of the season, he’s identified making more of pressure in games as one of the priorities for his team.

“I’m not one to panic, we’re in a situation where we’ve been beaten in a game where we’ve had countless corners, countless opportunities and we gifted the opposition a goal,” said Pearce.

“We have to learn from that and we’re halfway through a league campaign where I’ve said from the offset we have to be judged on where we finish at the end of that league campaign.”

The first priority for Pearce this week will be to work on cutting out basic defensive errors, which are costing his team.

If Forest can regularly keep clean sheets then it should help them snatch tight games, if they can make more of the good opportunities which fall their way.

Forest were at the top of the table early on this season but inconsistency has seen them slide down to 11th.

Automatic promotion to the Premier League now seems a little bit too difficult, with the side nine points away from the first play-off place 17 points off of current league leaders Bournemouth.

A play-off place is not impossible, but Forest have to be very precise and lethal in the league games to come if they dominate proceedings in terms of possession and creating chances.

Some fans may even be a little relieved that the focus is now entirely on the Championship and getting back in and amongst that top six.

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