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Mixed emotions

14 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he has ‘mixed emotions’ after this afternoon’s 4-4 draw at Blackpool.

The two sides played out a quite incredible affair which ended with the nine-man Tangerines scoring an equaliser deep into injury time, seconds after Chris Burke had put Forest into a 4-3 lead.  

Speaking after the match, Freedman said: “I’ve got mixed emotions. From 2-0 down I certainly thought I would take a draw at that moment.  

“First half, Blackpool deserved it. They played the conditions a lot better than we did. We tactically changed it, we went a little bit longer in the second half to play to the conditions and we got ourselves back in the game.  

“We looked to be winning when we were 4-3 up with seconds to go, but we lacked concentration which is very alarming for me as a coach. It’s something we’ve got to work very hard on on the training ground to make sure that doesn’t happen again.  

“Although we’re scoring a lot of goals, we’ve got to make sure we keep games a bit tighter.”  

The match was played on an extremely bobbly surface and, although Freedman refused to use that as an excuse for the result, he was concerned with the part the pitch had to play in Jack Hobbs leaving the field with a first-half injury.  

He said: “My main concern for the pitch is injuries. I’ve lost my captain because of the conditions of the pitch.  

“I don’t think it’s that’s bad, he tells me it was more of a slip. It wasn’t a tear, it was more of a strain - he just felt a deep pain in there.  

“We’ll have to wait and see.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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