Brian Eastick highlights a key weakness for Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest coach Brian Eastick blamed the defeat at Fulham on a slow start.

Nottingham Forest coach Brian Eastick has revealed a potential problem in the Guardian manager Stuart Pearce needs to keep on top of.

Forest were narrowly beaten away at Fulham earlier this week and Eastick has suggested why the side lost that game and missed out on the opportunity to back up a solid win against Derby.

“Frustration is the word, having played so well at Derby we came here pretty confident. But we shot ourselves in the foot big time,” said Eastick.

“We lost the game in the first 20 minutes. If you give the quality of McCormack that much space and time he will punish you.”

The notion of a slow start is something that Forest can’t afford to suffer from over the rest of the season because the club isn’t in a position where they can afford many mistakes.

A position in the play-offs by the end of the campaign is still very much possible, but Pearce will be aware the team aren’t helping themselves in some matches.

It should be relatively straight forward for Pearce to ensure that Forest aren’t plagued by the problems of a slow start over the next few weeks.

He’ll recognise the first 20 minutes against Fulham as a weakness in their performance when reviewing things and will most likely stress that to his players in any team meetings.

It’s also important that Forest’s leaders out on the pitch step up and make sure they’re doing their duties at the start of games.

If the captain and other players can keep each other switched on and alert, Forest will be better equipped to deal with early spells of pressure as they look to ease into games and gradually take control.

It was a slow start and a mistake from Forest, but hopefully it’s the last slow start for a while.

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