Karanka suggests main change Freedman has made at Nottingham Forest

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has praised a change Dougie Freedman has made at Nottingham Forest.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka told Sky Sports yesterday in a live interview that he feels Nottingham Forest have changed under Dougie Freedman.

Forest have been in good form since Freedman came in as manager though they suffered a disappointing defeat against Charlton earlier this week.

Responding is going to be difficult because the next visitors to the City ground are Middlesbrough, who currently hold the lead in the Championship.

“I think they have a very good, high quality squad which is important – I think they have changed because of the new manager. They are much more organised,” said Karanka.

Forest are going to need every bit of that organisation this weekend, because Middlesbrough have several players who can exploit just the smallest sign of a weakness in their side.

It’s a big game for Forest and not just because it gives them the chance to bounce back after defeat against Charlton.

It’s a real test in front of their own supporters and therefore, it’s an opportunity for Freedman and the team to prove they have really moved on from the Stuart Pearce era.

Freedman’s challenge is finding motivation for the side and drilling that into the players because Forest aren’t really fighting for anything over the rest of the season.

The play-offs are a little too far away and the side has been too good to get drawn into the bottom half. The pressure is off and that means an opportunity for Freedman to let them off the leash.

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