Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman addresses Bojan Jokic's debut display

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Bojan Jokic impressed boss Dougie Freedman with his Nottingham Forest debut.

New signing Bojan Jokic appears to have settled in instantly at Nottingham Forest, and dismissed any doubts his manager had over his fitness.

The experienced Slovenian international has signed on loan from Villarreal, brought in as cover after left-back Dani Pinillos became the latest Forest player to suffer a serious knee injury.

He made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Birmingham City, in which they had to close out the game with 10 men after David Vaughan was sent off.

Jokic played all 90 minutes in the game at the City Ground, and earned high praise from manager Dougie Freedman in the process.

Freedman told the club's official website: "I thought he was immense - one of the best debuts I’ve had as a manager. The tackle he made at the end, I don’t know where it came from - it was wonderful.

"I thought he was mature in his performance - I knew he wouldn’t be fazed, the guy’s had 70 caps, but I was worried about his fitness. He proved me wrong there, standing up in a Championship game against a very quick, counter-attacking side that are going to catch you out at times.”

The defender got stuck in, making six clearances and three interceptions, giving away only one foul to the opposition.

It was an encouraging start and solid display, and Freedman certainly feels the club's shrewd action in the transfer market has met their needs. The club did a good job scouting to get Pinillos, restricted in their options due to their transfer embargo, and may just have done it again with Jokic.

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