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No excuses

22 September 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says preparing for the match against Huddersfield has presented ‘a challenge’ – but there will be no excuses.

The Reds are gearing up for a trip to West Yorkshire for yet another televised match which, unusually, will take place on a Thursday evening.

And while it has prompted a re-shuffle in schedules, Freedman is confident his team will be ready to take on the Terriers.

The manager told Forest Player HD: “It is a challenge, there’s no doubt about that. Trying to prepare your week, working three days in a row up until the game is very difficult.

“It’s been difficult in terms of trying to get the players focused on what’s needed but we think we’ve done a good enough job and there won’t be any excuses.

“We did a very light, technical session today – trying to keep them off their feet. Come matchday we’ll be prepared like any other game.

“It’s something we need to work round because I see it happening in the future a lot more.”

Freedman was pleased with his side’s display against Middlesbrough on Saturday, despite the 2-1 defeat.

But his happiness with the players’ performance hasn’t affected the demands he has placed on them in training this week.

Freedman said: “When we beat Birmingham on the Tuesday night we were straight back in on the Wednesday morning – that would have happened no matter what.

“I try and keep a very calm, level head over the whole situation. I think that takes the expectations down a little bit.

“We feel that win, lose or draw we’ve got a responsibility to turn up every day and train.

“That’s what we’ve been doing since I’ve been here, and that’s what we’ll continue doing.”

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