Dougie Freedman makes it clear there is no problem between him and Nottingham Forest youngster Dimitar Evtimov

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The Forest boss says the Bulgarian can take criticism on the chin.

Last weekend saw Nottingham Forest go down 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The game also saw a chance for 22-year-old goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov in the Forest sticks. Dutchman and usual number one Dorus de Vries missed the game with an injury and the talented Bulgarian was therefore called in to the starting XI for the first time since joining the club from Chavdar Etropole in 2011.

The Bulgarian under-21 international put in a good performance for his first start at this level but would have felt he could have done better with the Wednesday goal.

Fernando Forestieri's strike squirmed underneath his body and after the game Freedman had some rather harsh words for the Bulgarian.

He was quoted by BBC Nottingham Sport as stating:

"Unfortunately a young and inexperienced goalkeeper has cost us the game, but he was good before that.

"This is a priceless lesson we've learned from a young goalkeeper today."

It was criticism that did not go down well with the Forest faithful - who felt that Evtimov had performed well on the day.

Now the Forest boss has come out to make it clear he still backs Evtimov for the future, choosing his words more carefully.

As again reported by BBC Nottingham Sport he stated:

"He's a very strong character young Dimi. I know that. If I had not felt I could put him in I'd have got a new goalkeeper at the start of the season.

"I feel he can cope when he's done that. He's a good player for the future. So there is no need to rally around him. He is a happy-go-lucky character who will always respect what view towards him is. I will always respect him what what he is and what he does around the training ground.

"There's no need to pick him up. I thought he had a wonderful game and match. But we all learn from these things. I told him after the game in the dressing room that he got a priceless lesson you won't get anywhere else. We are always a tight unit at this training ground and we continue to be."

He clearly seems to have the backing of the youngster and at his age Evtimov has plenty of time going forward to recover from his minor setback in the Forest sticks.

Tonight Forest take on Preston North End and should welcome back de Vries - who trained yesterday and came through the session unscathed - meaning Evtimov should be back on the bench, lesson learned.

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