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Freedman praises Nottingham Forest duo, makes bold claim about display against Middlesbrough

Dougie Freedman praised Nelson Oliveira and Chris O'Grady following the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told the club's official website that his side's display against Middlesbrough was the best under his management so far.

Forest fell a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough at the City Ground this afternoon, with David Nugent giving Aitor Karanka's title favourites the lead early on.

However, Matt Mills fired back from a corner to equalise for Forest, before Daniel Ayala grabbed what proved to be the winning goal with a header past Dorus de Vries - though Henri Lansbury could have snatched a point for Forest, only to see his penalty saved by Dimi Konstantopoulous.

The result put an end to Forest's winning run having won their last two games in a row, but they pushed Boro all the way in an exciting encounter.

After the game, Freedman spoke to the club's official website, and praised the performances of strike duo Chris O'Grady and Nelson Oliveira.

He also made a bold claim, stated that the performance this afternoon was the best during his time as Forest manager, having arrived in February.

"That was the best we’ve played under me, especially in the second half," said Freedman. "We created numerous opportunities and I believe we should have taken something out the game. But you don’t always get what you deserve."

"We were a little bit ragged in the first half but adjusted well in the second half. Playing against who I think will be the champions of this division, I thought we were fantastic. We played some very attractive football today and I thought the two boys up front were a real handful. I felt the difference boiled down to their manager and their players having spent a lot longer together. That was the key."

"If we keep on performing the way we have been over the last three games then anything can be achievable. If you’re working towards success, it will come. When? I don’t know. But I think we’re on the right path. Is there progress? Yes there is. Is the club in a better position on and off the field? Yes it is. So you’ll see my smiling come Monday morning, ready to work," he added.

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