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Dougie on Cardiff point

29 December 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his side were ‘very unfortunate’ not to win tonight’s match at Cardiff.

The Reds drew 1-1, with young winger Oliver Burke on the scoresheet.

It could have been three points, however, as Jamie Ward and Nelson Oliveira both missed golden opportunities to win the match in the dying moments.

And Freedman believes victory would have been no less than his team deserved.

The manager said: "I’m very, very proud of the lads. We had a gameplan which we stuck to and I felt we created the two best chances of the night and were very unfortunate not to win the game.

"I was fed up of playing good football away at teams like Brentford and Preston and not coming away with anything. We’ve got to come to Cardiff and show some respect. I felt after 60 minutes we could open it up with some fresh legs from Nelson, Henri and Ben and try to win the match. We had two fantastic opportunities and we probably should have won. But all in all I think we deserved the point and it’s credit to the players that came in and showed the discipline and attitude to get on with it.”

Freedman made six changes to his team and, while the hopes and expectations of Forest’s travelling faithful weighed heavily on his shoulders, the manager trusted those he brought into the squad to do them, and him, proud.

He said: " I rotated the squad tonight - that’s my philosophy. The only thing I’m a little bit nervous about is the travelling fans, who are fantastic and pay money. They might want to see a few start who have been playing recently. I’ve got to take that into consideration, but I’ve also got to look at the whole football club and the team.

"I trust every one of these players - young Oliver Burke was outstanding tonight, Jamie Ward on the other side was very, very disciplined. It’s a very proud moment for me to understand I’ve got the full backing of every single player that was here tonight."

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