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A day for the defences

26 January 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says defence won the day as his side drew 0-0 with QPR.

The Reds were held to a goalless draw at The City Ground, extending their unbeaten run to 13 matches and chalking up a third consecutive clean sheet.

Ben Osborn and Robert Tesche had the woodwork rattling in the first half and Alex Smithies made a good save to deny Michael Mancienne.

But there was nothing either side could do to break the other down.

Freedman said: “Both defences came out with great credit. We felt tonight just wasn’t our night. We showed glimpses in the first half but in truth both defences were on top.

“It’s a very disappointing night in terms of trying to get the three points but we didn’t lose, it’s another point and we move on.”

This evening’s stalemate comes days after Freedman’s side secured an impressive win at Middlesbrough.

The manager said: “I thought we looked a little bit tired from Saturday’s game – it took a lot out of a few people’s legs.

“Physically it affected us because after the performance at Middlesbrough it was very difficult to come back home with expectations of going to win the game.

“I tried to freshen it up up top to give us that little bit of energy but the two defences came out on a top on a very difficult night for us.”

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