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Jamaal delighted by manager’s impact

20 February 2015

Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles says manager Dougie Freedman has brought ‘high standards’ to the club since his arrival at the beginning of the month.

The Reds have picked up seven points from a possible nine in Freedman’s first three matches in charge and the England Under 21 international believes the players are benefitting from the manager’s enjoyable training methods.

Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “He’s a great manager. The standard of his training sessions and the quality he brings is fantastic. He expects such a high standard from all of us and that makes us push each other in training which is great.

“What we need to do now is keeping taking those standards into matches. The manager will really get after you if you’re not doing things the right way but he won’t be too hard on you if you make a mistake.

“He’s done really well since he’s come in, we’re happy with two wins and a draw from his first three games so long may that continue.”

Freedman faces his former club Bolton Wanderers for the first time tomorrow as they head to The City Ground and Lascelles admits the squad are aiming to take three points for both the manager and the supporters.

He said: “The fans have stuck with us throughout this season so we’d like to repay them with another home win tomorrow. They could easily have turned against us during the bad run but they haven’t.

“We were on a bit of a bad run but hopefully we've turned the corner now with these last few results. Hopefully we can keep that going tomorrow and pick up what would be a massive three points."

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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