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19 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says it’s up to his side to take hold of Saturday’s match against Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The match will see Freedman face the side he used to manage and, although he’s aware of the threats Wanderers pose, he has been concentrating on his own team.   

He told Forest Player this afternoon: “I know the Bolton players very well and I understand what they’ve been doing having looked at them very closely. But I think it’s all about us.   

“If we go out there and show the same energy and desire we showed in the last home match against Wigan then it’s a winnable game for us.  

“I don’t fear anybody in this division – if we’re playing to our high standards then it’s a winnable game.   

“We’ve got to get better at certain things and we’ve got to understand that playing for Nottingham Forest does come with responsibility. But we should channel that, not be fearful of it.   

“At The City Ground I want them to get on the ball and show the talent we have got.”   

Freedman was in attendance at last night’s Youth Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.  

And, despite the result, he handed the youngsters a boost by saying that if certain players carry on improving they will come into his thoughts.   

Freedman said: “I saw some performances last night that gave me great positivity.   

“I am looking at the bigger picture. Yes, the result was disappointing, but the performance, energy and spirit they showed to keep on going was very positive.   

“I really liked three of four of them, and if they keep on going the way they are then they will come through to the first team.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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