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One for the fans

15 August 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman was delighted that the fans stuck by his players in this afternoon’s win over Rotherham.

Goals from Matt Mills and Michail Antonio handed The Reds a 2-1 victory over their South Yorkshire opponents.

Freedman’s side had gone behind early in the first half but the manager was thrilled with the way his players responded, and the patience shown by supporters.

He said: “After a good start we once again had a setback, but we kept on passing the ball and eventually I think we saw the right result.

“I’m really, really pleased for the fans. They stuck with the players. The crowd will always appreciate good football.

“That was my message today – even if there are setbacks I want you to stick to the style of play the fans deserve. I don’t think we should try to adopt any other style.

“The fans understood what we were trying to do. It was a good professional performance.”

Freedman handed a start to young striker Tyler Walker, while 18-year-old winger Oliver Burke came on as a late substitute.

And the manager was delighted to continue his policy of handing first-team experience to young players like Burke.

Freedman said: “I should maybe enjoy the result a bit more but I’m really pleased for him and young Tyler to be playing in these circumstances.

“That is the last ten minutes of a crucial game. It’s not brave of me, I think it’s something the football club needs to adopt.

“To experience that kind of feeling in big games you’re going to have to stand up for yourself.”

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