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A spirited performance

20 October 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman praised the 'performance, reaction and spirit' of his players in this evening's 1-1 draw with Burnley at The City Ground.

The Reds took the lead through Eric Lichaj in the second half but, after seeing Henri Lansbury sent off, conceded a last-minute equaliser.

And, despite that disappointment, Freedman was pleased with what he saw from his players.

He said: "We had to have a response from Friday night, there's no doubt about that, and I think the players showed they had to do it for the fans at a home match.

"I think you've seen over the whole 90 minutes that our spirit and togetherness is certainly there. Had it not been for the sending off I'm pretty sure we'd have gone on to be comfortable winners there.

"I thought we controlled the game throughout, showed great energy levels and had a gameplan that worked very well.

"Yes, we didn't get the three points, but I think the performance, reaction and spirit are worth more than that."

Lansbury's red card came as a result of a clash with Ben Mee shortly after Forest took the lead.

But Freedman placed no blame on his tenacious captain.

The manager said: "There's no doubt it's a sending off. There are no complaints from me.

"Henri plays on the edge, as I tell him to. I feel he has to give 100% every game.

"I can't ask my players to give 100%, play with emotion and desire, without accepting you're sometimes you're going to overspill. That's what he did.

"He's been fantastic for us and there's no blame there at all."


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