Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman is ‘looking forward to the challenge’ of beating Watford after experiencing some frustrating recent results.The Hornets provide the latest high-flying opposition in a run of fixtures which has seen The Reds also face promotion-chasing Wolves and Brentford.
Forest were unfortunate to only take one point from those two matches and Freedman is determined to claim victory this time around.
He told Forest Player: “We’ve come up against a couple of teams who are flying high right now. We’ve put in good performances but have just come up a bit short. This is a challenge we’re looking forward to.
“I think it’s wrong to say, because we’ve been beaten, there’s no motivation in the team. We’ve had opportunities against Wolves and Huddersfield to win. I think the performances are there and the effort is certainly there.
“The players have been fantastic since I walked through the door. From the season looking promising, to looking at relegation, it’s been a very emotional season and I think you’ve seen the effects of that.”
The manager confirmed Gary Gardner will be back in contention after serving a two-match suspension, while Mo Barrow will also be available to face Watford.
Both players are on loan at The City Ground and their manager has already given plenty of thought to making additions ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
Freedman said: “The squad is imbalanced, it’s as simple as that. I need front and wide players and that’ll be getting addressed in the summer.
“We’re under Financial Fair Play rules. It’s going to be more difficult, we’ve got to work quicker and identify exactly what we want.
“I’ve got to get in front of players and persuade them to come here for less wages than they would get somewhere else.
“That’s the job in hand, that’s the challenge, that’s what I’m looking forward to. It tests me as a coach and manager.”