These Dougie Freedman comments will make Nottingham Forest fans proud

Forest City Ground

Nottingham Forest will take on Middlesbrough at the City Ground in the Championship on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has spoken of his admiration of the fans to the club’s official website.

Freedman has been in charge of the Forest first team since the start of February, when he replaced the sacked Stuart Pearce.

Since then, the results of the Reds have improved, with the Nottingham-based outfit now ninth in the Championship table with 50 points from 35 matches, 11 points behind sixth-placed Brentford.

Forest are one of the biggest clubs of England and have an enviable fanbase, which has impressed Freedman.

“I feel that the fans are right behind us right now,” the Scot told Forest’s official website. “I’ve seen their fantastic response to a losing team on Tuesday night (against Charlton Athletic away).

“The majority of them stayed behind and made sure they were very vocal and the players appreciated that.

“I did say after the Bournemouth game (2-1 win at home in February) that in the last ten minutes when the players were on their last legs the fans helped them get through it.”

In three of Forest’s home games under Freedman, the average attendance at the City Ground has been over 20,000.

That is very impressive for a team playing in the Championship and not challenging for the playoffs.

The Forest players will need the fans behind them on Saturday, when they take on Middlesbrough at home.

Aitor Karanka’s side are the current Championship leaders and will be backed by many football followers to register a win on Saturday.

Forest suffered a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Tuesday and will be looking to return to winning ways.

Freedman’s players certainly have the confidence and the quality to win against Middlesbrough, and playing at home in front of a passionate crowd will be an added advantage.

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