Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman hails club's defending as best this season v Reading

Holloway & Freedman

The Forest manager was pleased with the defensive side of his team's game.

Nottingham Forest picked up a much needed win today in the Championship, getting the better of Reading at the City Ground.

The side went into the game under serious pressure and with speculation surrounding manager Dougie Freedman after a poor start to the season.

So the 3-1 win certainly came at the right time.

Goals from Chris O'Grady and a good brace from Nelson Oliveira did the trick for Forest. It was the first time Forest had scored three goals since their 4-3 defeat to Walsall in the League Cup earlier in the season.

But it was not their goalscoring that really impressed manager Dougie Freedman. After the game he told BBC Nottingham Sport that it was their defending late on that impressed him the most.

Forest were down to ten men for the last 25 minutes after Jack Hobbs was shown his marching orders.

Freedman feels the way they dealt with that situation was the best they have defended all season:

"That was our best piece of defending since I've been here, really seeing the game out."

Forest certainly put in an excellent performance after going down to ten men to ensure they did not let their 3-1 lead slip.

The result takes Forest to 16th in the Championship table and they will be hoping to gain some consistency against Fulham next weekend.

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