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Time to entertain

26 February 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he will set his team up to produce an entertaining performance against Bristol City.

Speaking to Forest Player HD ahead of the match, the manager acknowledged that recent home displays have fallen short of certain standards and said he has given his squad a clear objective ahead of this weekend’s match.

Freedman said: “I want to get back to a position where we’re entertaining. That was the message to the players this week.

“Just before Christmas we were in a good spell, we were entertaining and making things difficult for teams.

“We need to make sure we move the ball a bit quicker than we have been and play a little bit shorter, not longer, and try to win the ball back with a bit more intensity higher up the field.

“These things have disappeared in our last couple of home games and we need to make sure we’re back on it.”

Freedman’s efforts will be boosted by the return to fitness of winger Ryan Mendes, while he also had positive news to report on Oliver Burke.

The manager said: “Ryan will be back in the squad – he trained the last couple of days – which is very good news for us. I think we’re very short of wide players.

“Ryan started fantastically well but physically and mentally it caught up with him. We can never underestimate how difficult this division is and I’ve known for probably the last four or five weeks that he needed to come out of the team.

“He picked up a little injury, which told me and the sports science people that we were right, but he’s back now. Hopefully the rest period has served him well and he’ll hit the same form in the last ten games that he did in his first ten games at the club.

“Oliver Burke won’t be available tomorrow but the good news is that he won’t need an operation. He will need a splint on his hand and hopefully he will be back for the Ipswich game.”

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