Leeds legend explains what he finds 'surprising' about Dougie Freedman

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Eddie Gray has questioned the desire of Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman to go and win the game last weekend.

Former Leeds United player Eddie Gray explained in the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was surprised by Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman’s tactics in the game last weekend.

Leeds and Forest drew 0-0 with Gray questioning Freedman over not showing a greater urgency to go after the three points.

“I was actually a bit surprised Dougie (Freedman) didn’t change it in the second half for Forest,” wrote Gray.

“I thought he’d have thrown a few players on as they needed to win the game to have a realistic chance of getting into the top six, really.”

Freedman hasn’t done much wrong since he replaced Stuart Pearce as Forest boss and this certainly can’t be classed as a negative decision.

Freedman has always been very realistic over his team’s chances of making the top six in the Championship, preferring to consolidate the side and build confidence looking ahead to the summer.

It was a good character test for his team in a difficult away game and he deserves credit for seeing out the match and securing a point.

Had he thrown players on as Gray suggests, the Forest defence could have been left exposed and if they’d conceded, Freedman would have been slaughtered for taking an over attacking approach rather than trying to protect the point.

With Forest in ninth and eight points away from the top six, the boss seems to want to make his team very difficult to beat rather than taking risks and chasing games in attack.

That will bode well looking ahead to the summer where some loan additions could improve the squad and make the squad stronger looking ahead to the next campaign.

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