Nottingham Forest boss Freedman picks out Blackstock and Paterson two players who impressed during friendly

Forest City Ground

Nottingham Forest lost their opening pre-season friendly.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman praised the club's two goalscorers after their first pre-season game, speaking to the club's official website.

The Championship side lost 4-2 to Danish side Odense, but as with all pre-season games, it is not the results that count.

More important are the players returning to peak fitness levels after a break, for managers to experiment with personnel, and with tactics.

Forest's goals came from Dexter Blackstock and Jamie Paterson, and Freedman had positive words about the two of them.

He told Forest's website: "Dexter’s been doing that for a few years now. We’ve been working very hard with his fitness, so hopefully he can produce more performances than he did last year.

"I thought Jamie did well tonight. I’m really pleased for him. He’s really impressed me in pre-season.

"We’re trying to find his correct position. Last season was tough for him but he’s got to make sure when chances do come to him, he takes them."

Blackstock's goal was a positive early sign. Forest are light on quality strikers with Britt Assombalonga still a way off in his recovery from injury, and they need him to step up.

The club fielded two trialists up front, each for 45 minutes, as well as giving an opportunity to young forward Tyler Walker.

Freedman's comments about trying to work hard to get the best out of Paterson are also welcome. The promising winger took a step backwards last year, scoring just once. The previous campaign he had netted eight times.

With a transfer embargo in place, good coaching to get the best out of what Forest have takes on even more importance, and Paterson's development ahead of the season kick-off will be one to watch. 

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