Dougie Freedman says there is ‘no use’ in his Nottingham Forest team sitting back against Brighton on Saturday.
Freedman is in the middle of his preparations
for his first-ever match as Forest manager and he is looking for his players to put on a ‘positive’ performance.
Speaking this afternoon to Forest Player, the manager said: “I’ve watched Brighton live a few times of late. I know the manager very well and what they try to put in place tactically.
“It’s a place we’ve got to go to and be positive. There’s no use us sitting back there. They’ve got a strong squad, a big fanbase and a loud stadium. We’ve got to make sure we go there with a positive attitude.
“With the talent we have, there’s no reason we can’t get a result.”
Forest are expected to take a healthy following of around 1,700 to the south coast and Freedman says it’s important to him that the fans leave the Amex Stadium with a sense of pride in what they’ve seen.
And he also revealed that one of his long-term ambitions is to promote more of the club’s youngsters into the first team.
He said: “I’ve played at this football club, I know exactly what the fans demand. We need to make sure we play in a way the fans can be proud of and that they can see a plan being put in place. It’s a fantastic effort to go all the way down to Brighton to support your football team.
“If you look at my record as a coach, I will be bringing through one or two younger players. We did it at Palace, we did it at Bolton and we will be doing it here. I think Forest fans need and deserve that connection with the players.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Freedman provides an update on the fitness of Michael Mancienne, speaks about his past experiences of Brighton from his time with rivals Crystal Palace and reveals what he has learned from his first few days in his new job.
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