Freedman generally gave Lansbury a defensive function in the midfield, despite the player’s requests to play in a more advanced position.
Lansbury still looked like one of Forest’s better players in a shielding role, but he was moved forward by new Reds boss Paul Williams yesterday and he showed his class.
The former Arsenal trainee put in one of his best performances of the season, in Forest’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion last night.
And he said: “I did say a few times that I scored a few goals last season in attacking midfield, but I don’t think that registered with the last manager.
“I spoke to Willo and he said that he wanted me to play a more attacking role. That’s where I like playing and enjoy playing the most. It lets me express myself.”
Despite Lansbury’s impressive display, he still did not manage to help Forest avoid defeat.
Brighton took the lead when Lewis Dunk scored in the first-half, and although Lansbury set-up Forest’s equaliser by swinging in a free-kick for Dexter Blackstock, the Midlands side were unable to hold on.
Steve Sidwell scored a late winner for the Seagulls, to ensure that they secured a massive three points in their race for promotion.