Freedman explains the area of Forest's defensive game he can't improve himself

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has suggested there is part of his side's defensive game he can't do anything about.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told Forest Player he feels there are two ways the club can work on improving the defensive resilience in the side.

The Scot was left frustrated earlier this week when his side weren’t able to see off League One Walsall in the League Cup, despite scoring three goals at home during the game.

Freedman was questioned over how he felt he could physically improve the team’s defensive play, but claimed he can’t do anything about the need for a strong instinct from his players in terms of when they need to put themselves on the line for the cause.

“You can go through coaching drills and you can go through organisation, but you can’t go through what’s inside your belly and the instinct to keep the ball out of the back of the net,” he told Forest Player.

“There have to be changes to make sure that we show more desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net – These are things we work on every day.”

Still early days

Freedman’s frustrations are understandable because he works with these players on a daily basis and knows their key strengths.

However, it’s still early days in terms of the season and the tightness and effectiveness of the Nottingham Forest defence should slowly improve.

The side are yet to hit peak fitness levels and if they can find a way to string a couple of wins together, clean sheets or not, it will improve the confidence of the team.

That includes the back four, which should function more effectively in a stronger and more positive side.

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