Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he is predicting a ‘high-intensity’ contest when he takes charge of his first home game against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.The Reds return to City Ground action this week looking to back up Saturday’s success at Brighton but the manager says Wigan will arrive on Trentside aiming to belie their lowly league position.
Speaking to Forest Player he said: “I know Malky Mackay very well and I’ve watched Wigan a number of times over the past few months so I know what to expect.
“They’ve recruited a lot of players over the last seven or eight weeks but I know their players as individuals and I’m expecting a very tight game.
“Malky’s teams always play with a very high intensity but we’ll go through all of their strengths and weaknesses and work out how they’ve played over the last few weeks.
“If we show the same levels of concentration and togetherness as we did on Saturday then we’ve certainly got the quality to win this game.”
Freedman raised a few eyebrows with his team selection for the weekend win at Brighton but says he doesn’t foresee making too many changes to the side when Wigan visit The City Ground.
He said: “I picked a team to win at Brighton and it is my responsibility to pick a team to beat Wigan. I’m accountable for that decision so I’ll put players out there that I feel are good enough to win the game.
“Everybody who was fit on Saturday is ready to go again on Wednesday night. We had a couple of knocks at the weekend to Chris Burke and Danny Collins but they were out on the training ground this morning and they’ll be fine.
“Michael Mancienne is one who we know won’t be available. We don’t think he’s too far away from coming back now but Wednesday will just come a bit too soon for him.”
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