Lichaj backing defensive duo of Mills and Hobbs at Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj says he would back Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs to see of danger from any team.

Nottingham Forest full-back Eric Lichaj has told the club’s official website that he’s confident Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs will develop a successful relationship at the club.

Forest manager Dougie Freedman will be thinking about his back four ahead of the return of the Championship, which is now just under two weeks away.

Lichaj has commented on the Forest defence following an intense friendly against Swansea over the weekend, where he admits the side was under pressure because of the way the Premier League team retained possession.

“They kept the ball really well, especially in the middle of the park, and they were trying to thread it through us, but I thought we did well at forcing them wide and making them cross the ball,” he told

“With Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs in the middle of defence, I’d always back them to clear the danger. I think we did well and warranted the 1-1 draw in the end.”

A settled back four is key

A settled defence is going to be very important for Forest over the next few weeks and it will be interesting to see if Freedman favours a Mills and Hobbs combination over including the experience of Kelvin Wilson.

A settled and balanced back four, which can play consistently together will develop and improve the understanding between players, which in turn should reduce the number of mistakes which are produced by the defence.

Wilson is someone who will be an important centre back over the course of the season because of his height, power and experience but whether he starts the campaign ahead of Mills or Hobbs now appears slightly more doubtful.

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