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FA Cup: fans running out of patience with Stuart Pearce as Nottingham Forest lose

The Nottingham Forest fans have a love affair with Stuart Pearce but their loyalty is wearing thin.

The 1-0 defeat to League 1 Rochdale in Saturday's FA Cup 3rd round game hasn't helped the former England coach. Especially as the players failed to acknowledge the travelling fans after the game.

Pearce has seen his side slump down the table after an encouraging start to the season and just 2 wins in the last 18 games spells trouble.

You don't have to look far on the ever popular Forest forums and here are just a few samples from the many we could have chosen - there is precious little support for Pearce long-term

'I love Psycho but he ain't up to the job - it's as simple as that. The results we've been getting with the squad we have got are disgraceful to be honest.'

'It did look ominous today. The players didn't acknowledge the fans at the end everyone was singing 'you're not fit to wear the shirt'...­usually only ends one way but I think in general the anger is at the players not SP'

'I'm yet to see one single decent suggestion for an alternative to Stuart Pearce. We have made 10 permanent managerial changes since Paul Hart was sacked in 2004. TEN!'

' How long before we decide as a club that we have been through enough turmoil?'

'We will not be relegated this season. Calm the f'ck down.'

'As I have said many times,i did back S p but things are not improving,if anything the performances are getting worse and we are heading towards the bottom three'

Pearce said on Monday his players were fortunate that his status among Forest fans was "shielding" them from heavy criticism.

The former Forest captain, 52, is considered a legend at the City Ground, where he spent 12 years as a player.

However, Pearce's side are now without a win in seven games which has put the manager back into the spotlight.

Pearce said afterwards:

"With the effort the players put in, especially in the second half, we deserved something but we're not getting the rub of the green.

"We gifted the opposition a goal with a very soft penalty and our decision-making under pressure has cost us. Apart from that, we've dominated the game and had a host of efforts, but failed to score.

"I don't want to take any credit away from Rochdale. I've played in the FA Cup as a non-league player against league opposition and you take whatever you can get. They are in the next round and good luck to them."

Time will tell if the Forest Board will change manager for the 11th time in ten years or stick with the legend.



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