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Stuart Pearce impressed with Owls set-up

2 September 2014

  • Owls and Forest went head to head on Saturday
  • Visitors edged Hillsborough clash
  • Stuart Pearce tips Owls for success

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has tipped the Owls for success following Saturday’s Championship clash at Hillsborough.

Both Wednesday and Forest went into the game unbeaten and although it was the visitors who emerged with their record intact, Pearce acknowledged the contest could have gone either way.

He said: “On the run of play, I don’t know whether we were worthy winners.

“They make it very difficult. We knew we had our hands full.

“Our goalkeeper and defenders kept us in it at times.

“I think Sheffield Wednesday will be in and around the play-offs.

“I think they’ll certainly be in the top half of the league, probably the play-offs and maybe beyond that if they carry on and are injury free, which you have to be in this league.”

Pearce went on to praise his counterpart Stuart Gray, himself a familiar face at The City Ground following his three-year stint as a player between 1980 and 1983.

He said: ““Stuart is an outstanding manager and coach.

“I think they have a definitive style of play which is very, very difficult to play against.

“I think they pressure really well. They’ve got a certain style of play.

"What you have to do when you come to a place like Hillsborough is nullify the threat and put your body on the line, which we did.

"I think a lot of teams will go there and struggle to get points."

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