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An intense performance

14 August 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman expects an ‘intense performance’ from his side when they face Rotherham tomorrow.

Forest host the Millers in their first home league match of the season and Freedman wants his players to kick-start their campaign with an assertive display.

The manager told Forest Player HD: “If we can start the game better than we have in the two previous games, make sure Rotherham know they’re in a game and take our chances when they come along, we’ll win – there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

“It’ll be a really intense performance from us. We’re going to go right after them and hopefully get the result.

“Our season needs to start tomorrow. We need to make sure we get it right.”

Forest are again likely to be without midfielder Ben Osborn, whose recovery from a shoulder injury has been hampered by illness this week.

Freedman has no fresh concerns, however, and is eagerly awaiting the return of some of his injured players so he can put the finishes touches on his preferred starting line-up.

He said: “I think we’re still to see our first 11 out there. I’ll be very surprised if the team doesn’t change over the next two or three weeks.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re patient. The squad is only going to get stronger. We’ve got three more spaces to try and fill and I’m trying to do that in a very positive way by making sure the right players come in.”

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