Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson says the team’s form under Dougie Freedman is born out of confidence.
The Reds have enjoyed an upturn in results since the new manager’s arrival and go into Friday’s game with Wolves still in the hunt for a play-off place.
And Wilson, who has been a key component in Freedman’s defence, says the new manager’s belief in his players is proving the catalyst for positive results and performances.
The defender told Forest Player: “You can be the best player in the world, but if you’re playing without confidence you can look like the worst.
“It’s a massive thing in football, and I think the whole team are playing with confidence and a knowledge of what’s wanted of us. That’s what helping us.
“With confidence you want to take the ball, do something, be in the position where the ball might go. You want to be the main person – take the game by the scruff of the neck. That’s what the players and subs are doing.
“Jamie Paterson came on against Norwich and that was the best I’ve seen him play in a long time – I thought he was brilliant. The whole team’s playing really well.”
A Forest victory on Friday would narrow the gap to eighth-placed Wolves to five points ahead of The Reds’ Easter Monday trip to fellow play-off hopefuls Brentford.
And, while Wilson accepts both games are must-win, he says the club’s current position could bring the best out of him and his team-mates.
He said: “I think, in the position we’re in, if we want to make the play-offs we have to win all the games.
“They’re going to be tough, but that’s what you want to be a footballer for. If every game was easy with nothing to play for you’d just go through life being comfortable.
“I’m sure the gaffer will set us up to get the result we need. That’s all that matters now.”
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