Dexter Blackstock praises Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman

Nottingham Forest are currently stationed in 12th position in the Championship table.

Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock has told the club's official website that he has been very impressed by the job Dougie Freedman has done at the City Ground. 

Freedman took over at Forest last season and it has taken a while for the squad to adapt to his methods, after making a mixed start to life under his leadership.

The Reds are now showing signs of progression, though, and Blackstock attributes this to Freedman's ability to ensure that his whole squad feel valued, with the Scot rotating his team on a regular basis so far this season. 

"He has a lot of knowledge of this league," the striker said. "He knows our and the opposition players inside out, therefore he can pick a team to combat theirs.

“It’s good to know that the manager backs the full squad. Because he has faith that the squad is very strong all the way through he can replace like for like with the same quality and get good results. That’s why there’s rotation."

Freedman has tinkered with Forest's line-up even when they have won, as he looks to ensure that he picks the 11 best players to defeat their opponents on any given day.

This strategy seems to be starting to pay dividends, with Forest showing signs that they are finding their feet this season.

The Reds began the campaign slowly, suffering early defeats in league and cup competition, but a strong end to their summer recruitment drive has bolstered their options and delivered some impressive results.

Wins over Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City on their travels have helped to lift spirits at the City Ground, and there is hope that this season could be a very productive one for the Reds. 

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