Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1: We scored three goals and should have won - Pearce

Stuart Pearce.
Stuart Pearce.
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Stuart Pearce insists Matty Fryatt should have had a hat-trick and Nottingham Forest should have had three points after the striker had two goals disallowed for offside.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by Leeds after Billy Sharp’s penalty cancelled out the one Fryatt goal that was allowed to stand.

But the former Hull player had goals disallowed either side of half-time – which replays later suggested should have stood. And Forest manager Pearce admitted his disappointment, saying: “There was plenty of endeavour from the players and when you score three good goals in a game and only come away with a draw, it is a frustration.

“The pleasing thing was that we got three good goals... but we managed to come out on the wrong side of it, having had another questionable decision.

“There is no question that they were onside. We have seen them again and they were all onside. We won’t moan. But we do know that we scored three goals and that we should have won.

“We got a draw and we are disappointed, that is the nature of this football club. We drew last weekend too and we were disappointed. We will look to win the next game.”

Pearce admits his side are struggling to live up to expectation, finding themselves seven points off the play-off places heading into the festive period.

“There is an expectation that comes with playing for Nottingham Forest.

“We are one of the teams that, when we are playing outside of the Premier League, will always be tipped to do well, to be one of the leading lights,” he said. “We, as a group, bring that on ourselves a touch. We have to work on that. We have to keep trying to improve.”