Freedman offers explanation for Nottingham Forest's pre-season schedule

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained why he's structured the club's friendly schedule in the way he has.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player why he’s setup the club’s end of pre-season fixtures in the manner he has.

The Scot has overseen a pre-season fixture list, which ends with a match against Aston Villa before the club’s first Championship game of the new season against Brighton.

Freedman has offered up an explanation as to why he wanted to fully test his players with some difficult games before the domestic action gets underway.

“I could quite easily make us go and play League One and League Two teams at this stage of the season and you’d like to think we’d win, but that’s not the aim of it. The aim is to play a progression of teams – Overall right now, I’m very happy,” he told Forest Player.

Should Forest have played League One and League two teams?

The benefit for Forest in playing a lower standard of opposition is that they should win those games in good style.

Good wins breed confidence and momentum ahead of more serious and tougher tests, where the side will get more of an examination from the opposition.

The plus side of playing Premier League opposition at the end of pre-season is that the resilience and discipline of the side is fully tested.

It takes a very determined and efficient team to see off wave after wave of pressure in matches where the opposition seems to be more talented in terms retaining the ball.

It’s also something which gives the boss a better idea of who’s in the best shape and who may be flagging behind in terms of their general fitness levels and subsequently, who may not be ready for the new season.

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