Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman believes The Reds’ first-half defensive work was key to this afternoon’s win against Reading.The Royals ended the opening 45 minutes in the ascendancy but they were unable to break Forest down.
And although The Reds won the match with three superb second-half goals, Freedman believes it was his team’s resilience before the break that tipped the match in their favour.
He said: “The last 15 minutes of the first half epitomised what we’re about.
“Reading were certainly the team on top. We needed to show resilience and organisation in our defending. That’s what really won the game today.
“We had to change at half-time. We made sure we played ten yards higher up the field, which gave us a little bit more of an attacking threat.
“I think we were worthy winners in the end.”
Both Ben Osborn and Gary Gardner were on target with stunning long-range efforts, but it was Matty Fryatt’s goal, to make it 2-0, that most pleased Freedman.
He said: “Although the other two were fantastic strikes, that was my favourite of the day. He worked ever so hard.
“He’s got in the box, faced the defender up, dropped the shoulder, taken him on and produced a fantastic finish.”