NO MORE MAULINGS NOW PEARCE IS HERE SAYS HOBBS
JACK Hobbs says Nottingham Forest hero Stuart Pearce will not stand for another demolition at the hands of rivals Derby – despite landing the manager’s job as a consequence of last season’s mauling.
Forest were humiliated 5-0 by the Rams in March and that put paid to Billy Davies’ second reign at the club.
Pearce, who played more than 400 times for Forest in a distinguished career at the City Ground, subsequently took over in the summer.
And 26-year-old Hobbs fears getting on the wrong side of ‘Psycho’ if they put in a similar display today.
“He, more than anyone, will make sure that we don’t take our foot off the gas at all,” said Hobbs.
“You only have to look at the table to see how well he has done since he has come in. It is good, we are full of confidence.
“I guess it was a turning point, in that there was a change of manager and quite a lot has changed since.The new gaffer has brought in a lot of new faces and the results are proving the impact that he has had already.”
Former Hull and Leicester defender Hobbs sat out the Pride Park horror show five months ago, which saw Craig Bryson net a hat-trick.
But the size of the occasion hasn’t been lost on the Portsmouth-born stopper. “I don’t know if ‘have a point to prove’ is quite the right phrase, but the result did hurt everyone at the club,” he added.
“It hurt the players, it hurt the fans and it was devastating to lose in that fixture.We do want to put it right, it is fair to say.
“It is one of those games you look forward to, it will be a great atmosphere, a great occasion and a great contest. It is just another chance to take three points and to stay at the top.
“But you can’t ignore the fact that there is so much more on it, with them being our local neighbours, the rivalry, the bragging rights for the fans – we know it’s a huge occasion.”
Forest are likely to be unchanged from their 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday before the international break, a result which left them top of the league before the weekend, and Hobbs can’t wait to get going.
“Any game against Derby is huge, regardless of what has happened in the past,” he continued. “We just want to win and keep our position at the top of the league.
“We want to make sure that the fans have the bragging rights as well.”