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Dougie Freedman explains what Dexter Blackstock brings to Nottingham Forest

The Forest boss is happy with the contribution of his striker.

Last weekend Nottingham Forest were defeated at home after a tight affair against Middlesbrough.

They went down to a 2-1 home defeat, and missed a penalty late on, in a tie they should have at least taken a point from.

For the game Dougie Freedman certainly tinkered with his side. For instance, the man who scored the winning goal against Birmingham City the previous Tuesday was on the bench.

Dexter Blackstock sat out the entire 90 minutes, with Nelson Oliveira and Chris O’Grady given the nod instead.

It was a move that divided fans at the City Ground – who wanted to see Blackstock retain his place.

Now, in an interview with BBC Nottingham Sport, Freedman has been discussing Blackstock and what he brings to the club:

“A calmness to the dressing room, authority on the football pitch when it is needed.

“He does need to work on his fitness. There are too many sessions he missed, he needs to train a different way but when called upon Dexter is definitely somebody you can rely on.

“I know many fans last week, all over the country, were thinking ‘you can’t play with five changes, what are you doing, and Dexter can’t miss this.’

“Dexter can be used a certain way and I can now use my squad to help us and I think that is what he brings.”

So there is no doubting he has faith in the player but it certainly seems as though Forest’s boss is trying to keep things as fresh as possible for the season by rotating in busy weeks such as the one just gone.

Blackstock will have high hopes of featuring against Huddersfield Town this evening.

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