Ben Osborn has been singing the praises of his midfield partner this week.
The 20-year-old has become a vital member of the Forest team as of late, but he credits another player with his and Henri Lansbury's good form - their holding midfielder Gary Gardner.
He told the official Nottingham Forest website:
“It’s very good. With Gards just sitting there it allows me and H to go forward as much as possible. We’re free when we’re attacking and he’s our security.
“Then when we’re defending if I’m forward H will cover me, or vice versa. I think it’s working really well.
“We’ve got a licence to get in the box, we’re getting shots off and teams can’t really deal with us.”
Gardner arrived at the City Ground on loan for the rest of the season in January from parent club Aston Villa. The 22-year-old, younger brother of Craig Gardner, was brought in by Pearce - who had managed him as England under-21 boss.
When Pearce left, Gardner must have feared the worst but he has become even more pivotal under Freedman.
He has featured in all five of Freedman's games in charge - in which Forest have won four and drawn won.
Him sitting in midfield allows Osborn and Lansbury to push forward where they are both undoubtedly at their most effective so while it is important to praise the pair, Osbon knows that Gardner is equally to thank for Nottingham Forest's excellent run of form.