Forest continued a positive pre-season with a 1-1 result against the Premier League side, which left Freedman pleased with the performance of his team and the character they showed during the course of the game.
“Our performance was good, but I think it can get better. The pleasing thing for me is that we showed some resilience. I think that’s been missing in the squad,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“Our fitness levels seem to be there and I’m very pleased with how we are.”
Resilience is important
The resilience that the manager feels his team showed is significant because there are going to be some very difficult periods over the course of the next year.
There will be match situations and scenarios where the side is under real pressure and it’s important the team has the character which will see them deal with it whether they are protecting a point or looking for a goal which could salvage something from a difficult situation.
It will also be character building for the younger players, which will give them greater experience and improve them mentally over the course of the next ten to eleven months.
Where Forest can gain an edge with their fitness
The fitness levels of the players that Freedman and the club’s staff have been working on should help them against sides, where there may be a little bit of a quality gap.
If Forest can ensure they are one of the fittest sides in the Championship, they could cash in when players at other clubs get a little fatigued over the first few weeks of the season.