Freedman reveals the biggest factor behind Forest's downturn in form

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The Nottingham Forest coach has passed comment on his side's winless run.

Dougie Freedman has revealed what he believes to be the biggest factor behind Nottingham Forest's downturn in form, according to the club's official website.

And the Forest boss is blaming fatigue caused by the 'huge output of energy' used by his squad when he first arrived at the City Ground.

After seeing his side lose 1-0 at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, the 40-year-old told reporters: “I feel that, since I’ve been at the football club, the huge output of energy that was required to lift us away from the bottom of the table is now catching up with us.

"That showed today. I think players are breaking down through injury and we’re just running out of steam a little bit."

The Nottingham Forest boss's assertions certainly make sense. When Freedman came into the side at the City Ground, their momentum was unstoppable. Now, however, they are winless in four and it seems perfectly reasonable to suggest fatigue as the biggest factor.

Perhaps it's even a case of the Forest squad's whole season catching up with them, not just that of their exploits under Stuart Pearce's successor.

Fans will hope, though, that it isn't more down to the fact that the honeymoon period is over for Freedman. New managers often boost results simply by changing things and players wanting to impress them at first.

Once that dies down, however, things can get a little staler. Nottingham Forest will only fully see whether Freedman is right about it only being fatigue next season.

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