Freedman gives away tactics over key area of Nottingham Forest side

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has explained how his team look to take advantage of their strength in wide areas.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman explained on Forest Player how his side gets their talented wide players into games.

Forest are currently strong in wide positions with Michail Antonio and Mo Barrow both playing well in the 3-3 draw against Blackburn over the weekend.

The Scot was quizzed on how Forest’s wide men are allowed to get into games and the tactics he’s developed within the team, which plays to their strongest qualities.

“Our approach is to get them the ball. It’s easy to say kick the ball up there and let them get on with it but the way we play the ball into midfield, the way we suck them into pressing us and the way we pass around them to release our wide men one v one,” explained Freedman.

Forest are at their very best when they control the ball and move well. The movement in the side is important because it creates situations where their wide players become isolated against their opposition.

It’s easier for someone like Antonio to get on top during a big game when he’s only got one defender up against him, as opposed to the opposition doubling up and getting in his face.

Forest are on a difficult run of form, but they have some key players who are capable of turning big games and enabling the club to finish the current campaign on a high note.

It’s important Forest have some momentum heading into the summer, where the manager can tweak things to try and enhance the chances of positive situations where his wide men can excel.

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