Dougie Freedman opens up on Nottingham Forest's demanding schedule

Nottingham Forest are due to face Huddersfield Town on Thursday night.

Dougie Freedman has told Nottingham Forest's official website that the relentless nature of his side's schedule has made it difficult to keep his players focused. 

Forest played on Saturday afternoon against Middlesbrough, and will now play on Thursday night against Huddersfield Town, with Sky Sports rearranging both games for television coverage. 

It means that their fixture list has been slightly uncovential, and Freedman admits that it has been a challenge to make sure his squad stay in the right mind-set. 

“It is a challenge, there’s no doubt about that," the Scottish boss said. "Trying to prepare your week, working three days in a row up until the game is very difficult.

“It’s been difficult in terms of trying to get the players focused on what’s needed but we think we’ve done a good enough job and there won’t be any excuses.

“We did a very light, technical session today – trying to keep them off their feet. Come matchday we’ll be prepared like any other game. It’s something we need to work round because I see it happening in the future a lot more.”

Forest go into the game against Huddersfield on the back of a defeat to Middlesbrough, but their performance in that fixture has still generated optimism. 

The Reds were unlucky to lose to Aitor Karanka's side, and they managed to trouble one of the Championship's meanest defences throughout. 

It was a display which backed up impressive victories against Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City, with Freedman's team starting to click into gear.

They will face another team in form when they meet Huddersfield, though, as the Terriers have won their last two matches on the bounce. 

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