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Dougie hails spirited Seagulls success

7 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says today’s 3-2 victory at Brighton epitomised the ‘spirit’ within his ranks.

The Reds came from behind to lead 3-1 and, although Beram Kayal scored a late consolation for the hosts, nothing could prevent the new boss from making a perfect start.

Speaking after the match, Freedman said: “Today was our day and we felt we deserved it. We had to make sure we were compact and committed to each other, and as the game went on we grew in confidence in our attacking play, resulting in the third goal which ended up winning the game.

“We had a gameplan and you could see from the stands we stuck to it very rigidly.

“It shows you the spirit they’ve got in them, and it’s about me as a coach trying to get it out of them.

“I’ve really, really enjoyed working with the group of players we have. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be the Nottingham Forest manager.”

And Freedman, who revealed that Kelvin Wilson picked up an injury ahead of the game, opening the door for Danny Collins to score in his first appearance of the campaign, believes there is one key attribute his team need to show between now and the end of the season.

He said: “It’s called commitment. It’s not showing your skills, it’s showing what you can do for the football club and the team.

“It’s called being unselfish in your play, having a real desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net and having a ruthless streak up top - and I think we did that with three goals.”

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