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How to deal with a wounded animal

16 January 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman is wary of a Bolton backlash this afternoon but says his primary focus has been on his own team’s preparation for the match.

Bolton are suffering financial and footballing troubles and will arrive at The City Ground bottom of the Sky Bet Championship having won only two of their last 21 matches.

The threat of administration looms large over the Macron Stadium but Freedman knows his former employers’ predicament will only serve to make life tougher for his team at The City Ground.

Freedman told Forest Player HD: “I’m really concerned because it’s a wounded animal we’re dealing with here. They could strike out at any moment to get that away win they’re desperate for.

“They have good players – people forget that. Young Zach Clough, Liam Feeney, Darren Pratley – they’re very capable Championship players.

“My players know exactly what to expect tomorrow.”

And while his team may be well schooled on the threat of the opposition, Freedman says the vast majority of his pre-match training has been centred around getting the best out of his own players.

He said: “I told the players that I’m going to concentrate a lot on ourselves this week because I strongly believe if we do what we do best we can win the game.

“I think we’ve got to move the ball a bit better in midfield, have a little more movement out wide and create a few more opportunities from crosses.

“We’ve also got to make sure we’re concentrating at the back and that we’re disciplined when we attack.”

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