In a quite remarkable run since Freedman took over, no Forest player's name had been taken by a referee in over six-and-a-half hours of competitive football before Lichaj charged into a tackle yesterday evening.
It is an example of the discipline which Forest have played with since Freedman's arrival and they will be looking to ensure that they continue to show their composure throughout the rest of the season.
The Reds can ill afford any more slip-ups as they look to bridge the 12-point gap to the play-offs and one loss of temperament could end their slim hopes of promotion.
Lichaj's yellow card yesterday, though, was a necessary booking as it set the tone for the rest of the match.
Bournemouth had comprehensively outplayed Forest for the opening 20 minutes of the match and had a lead, but Lichaj's tackle seemed to wake his teammates from their slumber.
Their tempo increased once they had laid down a marker and Forest ended up turning the match around, ending up 2-1 winners.
It was a hugely impressive victory and Freedman won't mind that the first booking handed out to one of his players was in those circumstances.