What Freedman should be stressing in Nottingham Forest training this week

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman will want his team's defensive concentration to improve.

Blackpool and Nottingham Forest shard arguably the most entertaining game of football over the weekend, with the Championship clash ending 4-4.

However, the result will have left Forest manager Dougie Freedman questioning the concentration levels of his team for two reasons.

Forest fell 1-0 behind in the middle of the game before conceding a second just after the hour mark.

That shock seemed to spark the team into life, with Dexter Blackstock replying to reduce Blackpool’s lead on 68 minutes.

However, Blackpool scored a third five minutes later as Forest once again lost their defensive concentration at an important point in the game.

What it will simmer down to for Freedman is that his team scored four goals away from home, but didn’t manage to get the win.

Freedman should stress in training this week the need for the team to concentrate hard at the start of the game, before and after the half-time break and whenever they are unfortunate enough to concede or score themselves.

Forest remain well place for an assault on the play-off places over the rest of the season, but the defence has to try and do more to take the edge and pressure off of the Forest attack.

If the team can keep more clean sheets, Forest’s attacking players only need to convert one small half chance to get over the line and secure the points.

Ultimately, Freedman won’t want the side to go 2-0 and 3-1 down before they kick into life and start playing their best football.

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