Freedman reveals the area he wants to improve; makes encouraging start

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman wants his new side to be smarter in possession.

Dougie Freedman has favoured a direct approach during his managerial career so far, but his comments to Nottingham Forest's official site on Tuesday suggest that he may adopt a new style at the City Ground.

Freedman has looked to get the ball into the strikers quickly while at Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers, but insists that he is looking to ensure that Nottingham Forest remain aesthetically pleasing during his time in charge.

Reds supporters expect to see a more patient style and Freedman believes that he will be able to meet those demands, despite his past history.

"I want to show the Forest fans that at home we’re going to play with an increased quality and ability while we’re on the ball,” he said.

“Having played here I know that the Forest supporters expect a certain quality of play."

The Scot has made an encouraging start to appeasing supporters’ fears, with Forest's display against Brighton and Hove Albion suggesting that he has tweaked things for the better.

  Match% Passes Are ForwardTotal Long Balls per gameAppearances
Forest Freedman first match 43.72% 76 1
Forest Pearce average 43.49% 82.28 28

Forest ran out 3-2 winners against the Seagulls, but they also proved Freedman's words have meaning behind them.

The Midlands side completed far fewer long-balls than they had tried, on average, this season and although it would be wrong to trust a sample from just one match, it does show that Freedman is trying to offer his side the freedom to play.

He will now be looking to build upon that impressive start, and Forest have the chance to make it two wins out of two when they take on Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening.

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