Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman believes his players are ‘on the right path’ ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Ipswich Town.
Mick McCarthy’s out-of-form side come to The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and the Forest boss is expecting another tough assignment following Tuesday night’s battle with Burnley.
But after positive performances in the last three home games, Freedman believes his players have the necessary quality to trouble last season’s play-off semi-finalists.
Speaking to Forest Player HD, he said: “The Championship is such a tight league. We’ve played QPR, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Hull and Burnley and they’ve all been close matches. We know that if we don’t turn up with the right attitude then we won’t get anywhere.
“The performances over the last six games, except for 20 minutes at Bristol City, have been fantastic. Now it’s about getting that consistency and winning games on football regularly.
“I want to win games of football in a certain way and I think the Forest fans do too. We’re not a long ball team, we try and use the technical ability and energy we’ve got. We’ve shown on our day that we can match anybody in this division and tomorrow’s game is another tough test.”
Forest skipper Henri Lansbury begins a three-match suspension tomorrow following his red card in midweek but the manager insists that will give a good opportunity to a younger member of his squad.
He said: “I gave Henri the captain’s armband some weeks ago and told him to go and play on the edge. Sometimes he’ll go over that line but I would rather have that than someone who gives me 95%.
“It gives young Jorge Grant an opportunity to come into the side and Oliver Burke may also be in there as well. We feel these young players aren’t quite ready to play every week yet but they are the future of the football club so we will use them.
“We’re having to use our squad to the best of our ability. Gone are the days where you could play three Championship games in a week with the same team. The side we put out tomorrow will be feeling fresh and ready to go.”