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We stuck to the plan

15 September 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman praised the way his side executed his gameplan in this evening’s victory at Birmingham.

The Reds produced a solid defensive display and scored a second-half winner through Dexter Blackstock to end the hosts’ unbeaten start to the season.

And Freedman was thrilled with how his side managed the match at St Andrew’s.

Speaking after the match, he said: “Birmingham have got a fantastic record this season - they’ve been playing very well. It would have been foolish of me not to have a gameplan. The credit’s got to go to the players for sticking to that.

“I felt we defended very well in the first half without showing too much of an attacking threat. Second half, we defended equally as well but showed a little bit more going forward, resulting in us having some opportunities and taking one.

“There can be no complaints that over the 95 minutes we were once again the better side and deserved to win the game.”

Freedman made five changes from the side that secured an impressive win at QPR at the weekend.

And, while the manager admits there were probably some raised eyebrows over his team selection, he was pleased with what he saw from those who played their part.

Freedman said: “I’m sure everybody else was questioning it before the game but I’ve got the opportunity to see the players working every day and I have the mindset that you need a squad in this division.

“I know now that I’ve got a bench who can help me either win a game or hold on to a game.”

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