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A resilient display

25 July 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman was pleased with the resilience his side showed to earn a 1-1 draw against Swansea at The City Ground this afternoon.

Midfielder Robert Tesche equalised for The Reds after Andre Ayew put the Premier League side ahead in the second half.

And Freedman was pleased to see his side stand firm in the face of a top-flight side notable for their incisive passing.

The manager told Forest Player HD: “Our performance was good, but I think it can get better. The pleasing thing for me is that we showed some resilience. I think that’s been missing in the squad.

“When they were on top, we showed resilience to make sure we were organised and compact, not giving them any opportunities through the middle.

“Although they did cross the ball a few times I think we dealt with it and grew into the game.

“Our fitness levels seem to be there and I’m very pleased with how we are.”

Before kick-off The Reds secured the loan services of Leicester goalkeeper Ben Hamer for the duration of the 2015-16 campaign.

And Freedman is thrilled to have him on board after a lengthy pursuit of the stopper.

He said: “Dorus has done well but we need competition in that position. It’s a long season.

“We’ve been after Ben for a number of months now. I like his confidence, he has good distribution, he’s played in the Championship and the Premier League, he has a good voice on him, he’s at a good age and he wants to come here.

“We’ll have a look at him next week and decide if he’s in a position to play next weekend.”

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