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It caught up with us

3 March 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman had sympathy for his side after this evening’s defeat against Charlton Athletic.

The Reds were beaten 2-1 on a cold evening in the capital, Michail Antonio scoring an equaliser before Frederic Bulot grabbed his second goal of the night to fire the Addicks to victory.

The defeat ended a superb winning run for The Reds, and Freedman believes the effort his players put in before tonight’s game caught up with them at the Valley.

He said: “To win five games out of six was a momentous effort, and we paid the price for that. It just caught up with us.  “I felt we needed a little bit more composure - we had enough of the ball and enough chances.

“The intent was there - great attitude, fantastic support right until the end, we kept on going, huffed and puffed a little bit around their area, but overall i can’t be too disappointed with how the month’s gone.”

The defeat was Freedman’s first as Forest manager but, despite tonight’s disappointment, he says he is relishing the prospect of continuing to work with his current crop of players - and maybe adding to his ranks.

He said: “I’m really, really enjoying it. That was the question I wanted to ask myself - do I enjoy working with players day in, day out? Yes I do. I’m working with a fantastic bunch of players that I can certainly improve.

“I have to shop in a market where managers don’t want the players. I need to take one or two risks with players who are either difficult to manage, not getting on with their club or getting time on the pitch.

“I need to use my managerial skills to manage them.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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