Freedman explains tactical change during friendly which helped Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he feels his side look better when they use a certain system.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that he felt his side looked better when they changed tactical systems in their last friendly.

Forest drew against Mjallby AIF in their last fixture, ending the game with a two-man attack, which Freedman has suggested suited the side a little better than the one-man system they went with at the start of the game.

“I thought him and Matt Mills were excellent. They came on for the last 25 minutes (of the last friendly) and really helped us out,” he told Forest Player.

“We tried out a couple of systems and I want the Forest fans to see us organised, efficient and everyone understanding their roles – The shape we ended with, with two strikers up front I felt really helped us a lot.”

Why is a two-man attack better?

A two-man attack is arguably better for Nottingham Forest because it increases the number of threats they can pose to their opposition.

Forest can play more directly with a two-man attack, while also attacking with a more measured and patient build up style of play through the middle or from wider areas.

It can sometimes be easier for an opposition defence to isolate a player when he’s the only player playing at the top of an attack and two men keeps a higher number of players occupied.

Whether it’s the system that Freedman takes into the Championship is debatable because the context of the football changes.

Forest are currently in pre-season mode with players on trial and in a situation where they can afford to experiment because there is no pressure.

It could well be the case that when the pressure cranks up, the Scot prefers that extra man in midfield to provide a little more control.

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