Kelvin Wilson reveals the simple trick behind Freedman's Forest transformation

Holloway & Freedman

The Nottingham Forest defender has been discussing his manager.

There's no rocket science behind Dougie Freedman's transformation of Nottingham Forest, according to the Championship side's official website.

Indeed, 29-year-old defender Kelvin Wilson, who has vastly improved under the new coach, says Freedman has used a simple trick to galvanise his playing squad after replacing Stuart Pearce earlier this year.

That trick, according to Wilson, is simply giving the Nottingham Forest players confidence, as well as letting the first team and those on the bench know exactly what's wanted of them.

“You can be the best player in the world but, if you’re playing without confidence, you can look like the worst," Wilson told Forest Player.

“It’s a massive thing in football and I think the whole team are playing with confidence and a knowledge of what’s wanted of us. That’s what helping us.

“With confidence, you want to take the ball, do something, be in the position where the ball might go. You want to be the main person - take the game by the scruff of the neck. That’s what the players and subs are doing."

It all begs the question, however, of what exactly Pearce was doing at the City Ground this campaign. Was the Nottingham Forest dressing room an inferno of negativity under their previous boss?

Freedman's seeming positivity will no doubt help Forest next season should he continue in the same vein at the Championship club - while there is still hope of a remarkable finish to the current campaign.

Next up for Nottingham Forest is a home game against in-form Wolves on Friday afternoon. They don't come easy in the Championship, although Wilson and co's newfound confidence has helped them deal with plenty that's come their way regardless.

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