Dougie Freedman praises Nottingham Forest star Henri Lansbury, who he says has proven him right

Henri Lansbury

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman is happy with Henri Lansbury.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman was a happy man on Tuesday night as the club recorded an impressive 1-0 away win over Birmingham City.

It was the first time the Blues had failed to score this season, with Dexter Blackstock's goal proving the difference between the two sides.

The win took Forest up to seventh place in the table, following up an earlier away victory over QPR at the weekend.

Freedman told BBC Radio Nottingham that he was particularly impressed with midfielder Henri Lansbury, who was playing in a deeper midfield role than usual, with Michael Mancienne out injured.

His role protecting the back four was certainly successful, with the side keeping a clean sheet, and Freedman believes it was evidence of the midfielder's maturity, and says his decision to make him captain was the right call.

He said: "Henri showed me his quality in terms of adjusting.

"Many people questioned me, why I made him captain, it was a very easy decision for me. He brings a quality and calmness which i think is needed."

The former Arsenal youngster was linked with a move to Burnley in the summer, with The Mail reporting a £4 million bid was made, and rejecting the offer appears to be an important piece of business for Forest.

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