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Dougie Freedman raves about Michael Mancienne's midfield performance

The Nottingham Forest boss was pleased with his utility man v Middlesbrough.

Nottingham Forest continued their excellent form this weekend as they defeated promotion hunting Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

The result means that Forest are now 12 games unbeaten and talk of Dougie Freedman losing his job at the City Ground seems a distant memory.

The win came courtesy of a strike from the in form Jamie Ward, but it was the performance of Michael Mancienne that really caught the eye.

Speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport after the game Forest boss Dougie Freedman discussed the performance of Mancienne - who he asked to play in midfield for the game:

"Michael Mancienne, sat in front of the back-four, not only stopped (Stewart) Downing getting on the ball and Adam Forshaw, wonderful player he is, creating opportunities. But when a cross came in he was in front of that back-four and headed it out.

"He was, today, one of 16 players who played their part."

The utility man has been in great form in the heart of defence recently but has been unpopular with Forest fans when used in a holding midfield role.

But he did a fantastic job in the position yesterday, nullifying the threat of Stewart Downing and Adam Forshaw in an excellent performance.

Forest fans will still prefer to see him playing the majority of his football at the back and that is likely to be the case.

But it would be fair to not now that Mancienne can indeed pull off a midfield role.

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