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A pleasing evening

21 July 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman was pleased to hand some of his younger players a run out in this evening’s friendly at Doncaster.

Dimitar Evtimov, Roger Riera, Tyler Walker and Jorge Grant all played their part as The Reds drew 1-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

And Freedman was happy to hand minutes to some of his youngsters to ensure they are fit enough to step up to the plate if required when the season gets underway next month.

Speaking after the match, the manager said: “I'm pleased with how it went. One or two younger players had a run out to make sure we get everybody up to match fitness. It was pleasing from that perspective.

"I understand exactly where we are and I'm happy with where we are. We've got to work on a little bit more up top - we need to be a little bit more creative, a little bit sharper.

"But, with two weeks to go, it's definitely going to plan."

Forest face two more friendlies before the Sky Bet Championship campaign commences with a trip to Brighton on Friday 7 August.

Swansea City (Saturday 25 July) and Aston Villa (Saturday 1 August) will both visit The City Ground.

And the matches will see Freedman inch closer towards nailing down his preferred team selection.

He said: "Working towards the next two games, it'll be more of a settled side. I've learned enough.

“We've got two games coming up against Premier League opposition where hopefully our players’ mindset will be one of showing we want to be in the Premier League.

“I'm looking for a performance I know they're capable of."

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