Dougie Freedman's perfect response to question over Forest's play-off chances

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman gave a perfect response when asked about his team's play-off chances.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman gave the perfect response to being asked about his side’s play-off chances on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.

With Forest 13 points away from the play-off places, the talkSPORT team pushed him on whether he felt a place in the top six was possible before the end of the season and he joked well in reply.

“I’m not a magician – my aim is to stop us looking over our shoulders and consolidating where we are,” said Freedman.

While his comments may seem to disrespect Forest’s chances of getting a play-off place he’s actually done something very clever.

He’s taken the pressure away from his players in terms of a question that one or two of them may have been thinking about.

Rather than suggesting a play-off place was possible and creating the risk of disappointment should his players fail to get the club there, he’s suggested that where Forest are in the table at the moment is where they should be looking to settle.

Achieve that and it removes the risk of dropping into the lower section of the bottom half and also creates a bonus effect in relation to the play-offs rather than suggesting it as a main aim over the rest of the campaign.

Freedman will still be learning a great deal about his players and he also has a lot of work to do in terms of eradicating current deficiencies in the side.

The defence was again exposed in the win against Brighton and he may still have one or two questions over his best side moving forward.

A win for Forest gets them one step closer to consolidating their current position as the side adjusts to life under a manager determined to make life simple for his players and release the pressure of them playing for such a big club.

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