Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town presents the players with a chance to impress the fans, not him.The Terriers arrive at The City Ground for a match which Forest will hope to use to bounce back from the disappointment of conceding two late goals at Brentford on Monday.
And Freedman believes it’s the supporters his players need to impress, not those who work with them in training.
The manager told Forest Player: “I see them every single day – I’m very privileged, I wish the fans could.
“We have to make sure that when the fans pay good money to come to The City Ground, they’re entertained.
“Sometimes players aren’t going to have a good game but they’ll see commitment, energy, desire, a game plan and organisation – and it’ll go right to the very end.
“My job is to make sure the players are doing that for the fans and to never ever forget that’s the main thing we’re here for.”
Freedman says Chuba Akpom ‘should be fine’ for the match and that he will train tomorrow after being forced off the field with a knock to his ribs at Brentford.
Dexter Blackstock and Mo Barrow are both regarded 50/50, while Matty Fryatt remains unavailable.
Michail Antonio, who Freedman says ‘couldn’t move’ in the final ten minutes at Griffin Park, should be available however, and his manager praised the work ethic of his winger.
Freedman said: “Is he fit for Saturday? Yes he is. But he’s nursing certain injuries.
“It’s born out of the impact of him playing week after week and the intensity at which he trains and plays.
“He doesn’t leave anything on the pitch at all and that’s what I want to try to produce at the football club. I have other players like that and it’s certainly a mentality that I want them to get used to.”
Click here to watch Freedman’s full pre-match interview on Forest Player.