Freedman: Lansbury was on a 'different level' to Forest teammates last night

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has piled praise onto Henrim Lansbury after his performance against Rotherham United.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player he thought midfielder Henri Lansbury was playing at a different level to everyone else last night against Rotherham.

Lansbury has become a regular feature of Freedman’s teams since he took over at the club and the boss has been left purring over his performance against the Championship strugglers.

“I thought Lansbury was excellent tonight. I thought he was on a different level with the way he controlled the game,” said Freedman.

“I talk about out of possession, he kept control in possession with his tempo of passing.”

Lansbury seems to have excelled under the role as the leader in Freedman’s teams and it seems to inspire him to pick up his performance levels every single time he plays for the club.

His fitness is superb, which means he can do a lot of covering and work out of possession, drifting into areas where he can make a difference, whether that’s with his back to goal or whether he’s pressing forward in attack.

In terms of passing, it’s important for Forest’s style of play that all of the midfielders pass well.

  PositionTeamPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Ben Osborn MF Forest 91% 1 90
Kelvin Wilson DF Forest 89% 1 90
Henri Lansbury MF Forest 86% 1 90
Michael Mancienne DF Forest 86% 1 90
Jamaal Lascelles DF Forest 82% 1 90

Only Ben Osborn, who also played a comparable amount of minutes, bettered him in terms of accuracy last night.

What Lansbury seems to do arguably better than anyone else at the club is shift possession forward quickly, as soon as he gets on the ball.

That ability to turn defence into attack in next to no time means opposition teams always have to be wary when they press forward against Forest, because that space they leave in behind can be exploited in no time.

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