Freedman explains when he feels Nottingham Forest look more dangerous

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman feels his side pack more punch when they play more directly.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that he feels it’s fair to say his team look more dangerous with two players in attack.

Forest lost their last game at the hands of Cardiff City, struggling to make an impact up front during the game until the Scot made changes and instructed his team to play more directly.

Forest are a side that like to control games with a pure brand of attacking football and Freedman has admitted that he’s enjoying just having more than one attacking option available at the moment.

“Yeah, I think that’s a fair comment (Forest looking more dangerous with two up front), maybe being more direct is a better way of putting it,” he told Forest Player.

“I think when we go direct, we can cause a few more problems – It’s just nice to have two strikers who can play up front because playing that way is something you need to have in the Championship.”

Two benefits of playing more directly

No fan likes to see their side playing hoof style football but a more direct approach does have its benefits.

Getting the ball into the feet of more attacking players quickly, gives those players a better chance of creating opportunities to score.

They can also bring other individuals into the game, taking some of the pressure away from the defence.

It also makes it difficult to counter attack for the opposition because if the attack loses the ball quickly once it’s been played forward, the defence and midfield structure of the team is still intact.

It’s all about being versatile and ensuring that Forest are in a position where they can effectively change up if they need to.

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