The Forest boss was pleased with the performance of his youngsters against Rotherham.
For a while it looked like they might go down to the Championship relegation favourites. Worst of all it looked like the defeat was going to be inflicted by a player they released in the summer, Danny Collins.
Nottingham Forest went on to win the game courtesy of goals from new signing Matt Mills and in-form winger Michail Antonio.
Freedman was speaking after the game about giving his young player’s game time and was clearly happy to do so, stating to the official Nottingham Forest website:
“I should maybe enjoy the result a bit more but I’m really pleased for him (Burke) and young Tyler to be playing in these circumstances.
“That is the last ten minutes of a crucial game. It’s not brave of me, I think it’s something the football club needs to adopt.
“To experience that kind of feeling in big games you’re going to have to stand up for yourself.”
Forest may have to rely on their young players a bit more this season. The club remain under a transfer embargo and getting new players into the club has been difficult in recent months because of the restrictions placed on them.