Freedman explained in the build up to the game against Brentford this afternoon that he wants to see his players fully committing to taking risks in big games.
“I’d rather go with players who live on the edge and are fully committed – sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit a mistake, it’s disappointing,” said Freedman.
With the pressure now off in the race for the top six and the gap arguably too big for Forest to claw back, Forest’s players can relax a little more and play with freedom as they look to make an impression before the end of the season.
Forest could play smart and sensible football, which does have its place but when the side don’t have anything to play for, they can afford to take a few more risks.
The confidence and belief which the players can draw from taking big risks and seeing those gambles payoff is an obvious positive and it will also tell Freedman about the character in the current side.
Freedman is right to try and encourage an atmosphere where his players do live on the edge because a player taking a risk and doing something special can be the difference between winning a point or the side registering a win in a big game.
Where Freedman has to be careful is in ensuring that risks don’t overstep the mark and turn into recklessness.
While the side don’t have much to play for in the Championship, it’s still important that the team plays good football.