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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman says he needs a 'balanced squad'

The Scot has seen his great start at Forest come apart in recent weeks.

Nottingham Forest's eventful season has come to an end today with a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff City.

They lost 2-1 at the City Ground, which means they finished the campaign in 14th position. Forest looked to be on their way to promotion under Stuart Pearce before it capitulated. He was relieved of his duties and Dougie Freedman came in. Things went well for him early on, with talk of the play-offs even mentioned.

But Forest are now on an eight game winless streak, so their finishing position is a deserved one.

Injuries have not helped and the depth of the squad is certainly not good enough, according to Freedman. He told the official Nottingham Forest website after the game that the club needs more balance if they are to fight for promotion next season:

“We are a team that, on its day, is very capable of winning games of football in this division. But our consistency levels are not there yet.

“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got a squad full of strong - mentally and physically - people to cope with the demand.

“You saw today - you take away Kelvin Wilson and you’re missing Eric Lichaj, you’re really down to the bare bones.

“You’ve got to have a balanced squad to deal with the Championship.”

Forest of course have the details of a transfer embargo they have to deal with, but they will certainly be doing plenty of business in the summer in order to forge a promotion battle in 2015-16.

Forest fans will hope that the players coming in can take them back to the promise land.

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