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An experienced opponent

1 October 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman is looking forward to competing with experienced manager Steve Bruce this weekend.

Bruce brings his Hull side to The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) after guiding the recently relegated club to a strong start to the campaign.

And Freedman says he enjoys testing himself against individuals with many years in the managerial game.

He told Forest Player HD: “I played under Steve when he was manager of Crystal Palace, so I know him very well. I still speak to him regularly and I do pick his brains from time to time – he’s got vast experience.

“Going into this game, I know between 4pm – 4.30pm he’s going to have something up his sleeve. He’s going to adapt to the conditions or the environment.

“As a younger coach with less experience it’s certainly a challenge for myself but it’s one I’m looking forward to, one I’ve had before and one I’ve conquered before.”
Freedman says Matt Mills will be available for the match after shaking off a hamstring problem, while Ben Osborn will be absent from Forest’s midfield until after the international break commencing after Saturday’s match.

Those selected to play in the heart of Forest’s team will be coming up against ‘one of the best midfields in this division’, according to Freedman.

The manager said: “Hull City are very, very strong in midfield. If they get their game going they can get quality supply to their very dangerous front men. We will adopt a gameplan to do our very best to stop that supply.

“They’ve kept their core players from the Premier League and they have some very good tactical and technical players in their team. It’s going to be a tough challenge.

“Saying that, I think we’re in good form. We’ve shown we can go home or away and give a good account of ourselves and I don’t think there’ll be any difference on Saturday.

“It’ll be a very open and exciting game and hopefully the result goes our way.”

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