Dexter Blackstock: Nottingham Forest players are still adapting to Dougie Freedman’s style

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Dexter Blackstock says that the Nottingham Forest players are still adapting to Dougie Freedman’s playing style.

Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has told the club’s official website the players are still adapting to Dougie Freedman’s style.

Freedman was appointed the Forest manager at the start of February following the dismissal of Stuart Pearce.

The Reds were struggling for form and for points at the time, but under the Scot, the team have looked rejuvenated and went on a positive run of results that gave them an outside chance of making the Championship playoffs.

That chance has probably gone now following the 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City Ground on Friday.

It was the Nottingham-based outfit’s first loss at home under Freedman, but Blackstock insists that the team can bounce back with victory over Brentford away from home in the Championship on Monday.

“We need to concentrate on winning on Monday at Brentford,” the 28-year-old told Forest’s official website. “That’s all we can do, keep picking up three points.

“In the main we’ve been on a very good run since the new manager’s come in. We’re still adapting to the way he plays and what he wants.

“We were never going to win every game from when he came in until the end of the season.”

It is an honest assessment from Blackstock, who featured in Forest’s defeat to Wolves and scored a late goal.

Freedman has done a brilliant job at Forest so far and has brought the best out of a number of players, including midfielder Henri Lansbury.

It does take time for a manager to impose his ideas and style on a team, but so far things seem to be going well.

The playoff chances may have gone, but the good work that is currently being done is going to bear fruits next season.

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