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Dougie pleased with response

7 August 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman praised the response, energy and strength of his players in this evening’s match at Brighton.

The Reds found themselves a goal down in the second half after Kazenga Lua Lua’s strike

But Forest created a number of chances to equalise but were unable to beat Brighton keeper David Stockdale. 

Speaking after the match, Freedman said: “I was disappointed with the first half. Although we hit the post and had a couple of counter attacks, I felt we were a little bit fortunate to go in 0-0 at half-time. 

“We were disappointed with the goal, but I thought we gave a fantastic response. The players showed great energy and looked very strong. 

“Opportunities were at a premium and I felt we had as fair a number as Brighton, but unfortunately we couldn’t take them. 

“There wasn’t a lot in the game at all.”  Forest’s cause was not helped by the loss of Robert Tesche just before half-time. 

Freedman said: “It was a huge blow for us losing Robert, which looks to be a broken foot - the last thing we need at this particular moment. That did unsettle us. 

“But it gives the opportunity to other players. We have Andy Reid coming back in three-four weeks, Chris Cohen in a couple of months and Ben Osborn next week.”

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