Forest will head into the game at the IPro Stadium on the back of four successive defeats in all competitions, but the 52-year-old remains optimistic of a positive result against the Rams in the East Midlands derby.
“It’s a fantastic game for us,” said Pearce. “With the run we’re on Derby are massive favourites. In some ways we’ve got nothing to lose. If we’re going to end this bad run there’s no better place to do it than on Derby’s pitch.”
Pearce’s comments are positive and his attitude is laudable. The former Manchester City manager is not getting the recent poor results knock him and his players down.
Moreover, Pearce is giving Derby the respect they deserve. Following this weekend’s round of matches, the Rams find themselves second in the Championship table, level on points with leaders Bournemouth.
Wining against Steve McClaren’s side away from home will not be easy for Forest, especially as they have been struggling since December, but a positive result at the IPro Stadium is certainly going to boost hem.
Pearce seems to have taken the right attitude for the match. The Englishman knows that Derby will be “massive favourites”, but at the same time he is not writing off his side’s chances.
Instead, by claiming that Forest have “nothing to lose”, Pearce is actually deflecting the pressure off of his players and onto Derby.