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Sending out a statement

26 February 2015

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn believes The Reds’ current run has sent a statement out to the rest of the league.

Last night’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth at The City Ground was Forest’s fourth in five games under Dougie Freedman, and Osborn praised the concentration his team-mates showed in securing their latest victory.

He said: “It was a great win today. They’re a very good side, as they showed in the first 15 minutes when they got on it and just started popping it. But we stayed in the game, got two goals from set pieces, and then defended really well in the second half.

“Everyone did their jobs and concentrated for the full 90 minutes. We had a game plan and we stuck to it.

“I think it’ll send a statement out to the rest of the league. Teams won’t like to come to The City Ground in the coming weeks.”

Osborn has been ever-present under Freedman in the centre of midfield, playing alongside Henri Lansbury and Gary Gardner, and the 20-year-old believes teams are finding it hard to cope with the trio.

He said: “It’s very good. With Gards just sitting there it allows me and H to go forward as much as possible. We’re free when we’re attacking and he’s our security.

“Then when we’re defending if I’m forward H will cover me, or vice versa. I think it’s working really well.

“We’ve got a licence to get in the box, we’re getting shots off and teams can’t really deal with us.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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