The Scot was pleased following a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers last night, but feels his players can give just a little bit more in a couple of key areas.
The manager and the squad now face a challenge to refine those areas over the remainder of the pre-season schedule, ahead of that first competitive game of the new campaign against Brighton.
“I'm pleased with how it went. One or two younger players had a run out to make sure we get everybody up to match fitness,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“I understand exactly where we are and I'm happy with where we are. We've got to work on a little bit more up top - we need to be a little bit more creative, a little bit sharper.”
Creativity should flow
The creativity in the team should improve over the next couple of weeks as the team plays together a little bit more.
The players need to feel comfortable next to each other and playing in a specific system and once those boxes are checked, they should find that extra room or extra energy to produce a piece of creative magic which can turn a game on its head.
The players also need to be encouraged to take a few risks and to be a little more creative and that all comes from the manager.
Sharpness will also improve
The same can be said for the sharpness of the team. Not every player has played a high volume of games already for Forest in pre-season.
The touch, the passing and the movement of key players will improve the more they play.
Ultimately, Freedman shouldn’t have any major concerns.