Freedman explains how he’s trying to inspire his Forest players for Derby game

Nottingham Forest will face Derby County at the City Ground in the Championship this evening.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has revealed on the club’s official website how he is trying to inspire his players ahead of tonight’s game against Derby County.

Forest will take on Derby in the East Midlands derby at the City Ground in the Championship.

“I try and tell my players, especially my younger players, that it was a rebound I scored from – a scrappy goal, and that’s where we are right now,” Freedman told Forest’s official website, referring to his goal in the 2-2 draw with Derby at the City Ground in the Premiership in 1998.

“We need to make sure, for all the wonderful play we have got up to the 18-yard box and the shots we’re having, that we get into the key positions to get the winning goal.

“I remember that particular game because it was live on Sky – it was a big match. Pierre Van Hooijdonk was back and Derby were doing well at the time. It was a match that definitely sticks in my mind.”

Big game

Forest currently find themselves as low as 19th in the Championship table with just 14 points from 15 matches, only four points above the relegation zone.

Freedman’s side will head into Friday evening’s match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End away from home in the league.

Meanwhile, Derby are in great form at the moment and are in contention of a top-two finish in the Championship this season.

The Rams are currently fifth in the standings with 30 points from 15 matches, just a point behind leaders Hull City.

Derby will head into the encounter on the back of a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the iPro Stadium.

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