Dougie Freedman highlights what Nottingham Forest must change quickly

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The Scot wants his side to become entertaining on the pitch again.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told the club's website that his clear message to his players this week has been that they need to start playing entertaining football again.

The East Midlands club have scored just one goal in their last four matches, and have suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since November with losses against Huddersfield Town and Burnley in their last two.

Those defeats have seen Freedman's side slip to 12th in the Championship table, but he insists that his main priority is ensuring the fans are entertained again.

He told the club's website: "I want to get back to a position where we’re entertaining. That was the message to the players this week. Just before Christmas we were in a good spell, we were entertaining and making things difficult for teams.

"We need to make sure we move the ball a bit quicker than we have been and play a little bit shorter, not longer, and try to win the ball back with a bit more intensity higher up the field.

"These things have disappeared in our last couple of home games and we need to make sure we’re back on it."

Freedman's side are 12 points off a play-off spot in the Championship, and unless they can put together a sparkling run of form they look as though they will end the season in mid-table obscurity.

Only five sides in the second tier have scored fewer goals than the City Ground club in the current campaign, and Freedman failed to sign a striker in the January transfer window to improve this record.

Forest host relegation battlers Bristol City on Saturday.

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