Freedman explains what Nottingham Forest must do to stop poor Championship form

The Nottingham Forest head coach is fed up of terrible starts.

Nottingham Forest head coach Dougie Freedman says his side must cut out poor starts to matches if they want to end their poor form in the league, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, Forest lost 2-0 at Bristol City on Friday night and it was two early goals that killed off the game for Freedman's men.

And the coach is under no illusions about what his side must do if they are to transform their current misfortune.

Freedman is quoted as saying by the Forest site: "The facts are simple: we lost the game in the first 20 minutes and we’re missing too many players at the moment to cope with that.

"That’s what we’ve got to change. Our home performances have been very good and we’re creating opportunities. It will be a big test for us against Burnley and Ipswich but it gives us an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

"The players right now have to stick together and make sure our starts are better. It’s as simple as that."

The Burnley and Ipswich games won't be easy, of course, and it won't help that Nottingham Forest are now 10 points off the top of the Championship and just four points away from the relegation zone.

Former defender Danny Gabbidon was among those surprised at just how bad Forest were at Bristol City on Friday night, suggesting that their setup was all wrong - or that the players don't want to play for Freedman.

It's early days in the Championship campaign, however, and one or two results can swing the momentum round for Nottingham Forest. Freedman will hope things swing in the right direction.

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