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Desire and concentration

25 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says this evening’s win over AFC Bournemouth was ‘born out of desire and concentration.’

The Reds completed the double over Eddie Howe’s side with goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Henri Lansbury.

And Freedman was delighted with the way the team bounced back from going a goal down early on.

The manager said: “I felt in the first 10-15 minutes we sat off them a little bit. It was a setback for us, but I was pleased to see a response and that we stuck with a game plan.

“That was a victory born out of desire and concentration – that’s why we got the win, and I’m ever so pleased. It looked like we enjoyed defending, closing down and getting amongst them.

“In the end we were the team that scored two goals, we were the team who had chances knocked off the line.”

Freedman used all three of his substitutions in an attempt to ease the mental and physical strain on some of the players during a busy run of fixtures.

He said: “We’re going to have to manage the players as best we can. It’s a tough division, it really is – gruelling on the body and on the mind.

“That game took a lot out of us. I don’t think there were any injuries, it was just complete exhaustion.

“It was bodies on the line and that’s why we got the victory.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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