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Playing from the back

21 August 2015

Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills is enjoying Dougie Freedman’s style of play.

The 29-year-old has had a strong start to his career at The City Ground after arriving on a free transfer this summer.

And, with Freedman keen to implement a patient approach from his team, Mills is enjoying his football – and the backing from the Forest faithful.

He told “I think the manager is quite comfortable in letting his defenders play what we see.

“If I feel there’s danger, the ball’s going to get cleared because I don’t want it in the back of my net.

“But there are times where we want to get our patterns of play to try and hurt other teams. In the last couple of games we’ve done that with patient build-up and by using width and pace.

“I had it when I played at Doncaster and I’ve spoken to friends who have played a patient style of play at Swansea. If you get the crowd to buy into that it certainly helps the players.

“I thought the crowd were unbelievable against Charlton. They could see what we were trying to do.”

Tomorrow sees Mills return to his former club Bolton for a match against a side who are yet to score this season.

And he is confident of securing what he considers would be an important win.

Mills said: “Bolton are a threat and we have to be aware of that, but our focus will be on ourselves. The manager has stated that since the Walsall game – it’s about what we do.

“It’s a big game results-wise. If we win it puts us six points clear of them, which is a big gap, and it propels us up the league. At the same time they’ll be looking for a victory to claw their way back.

“The last two performances have been really encouraging. It’s going to be tight but we’re confident going into this weekend that, if we do the right things, we’ll win the game.”

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