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Hard work required

11 March 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his team must operate as a hard-working unit if they are to beat ‘a very good individual team’ in Sheffield Wednesday.

The Reds could make it back-to-back wins with a victory over the play-off chasing Owls at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Wednesday will be boosted by the return of top scorer Fernando Forestieri, but Freedman says the Italian won’t be the visitors’ only danger man.

The Forest manager said: “I think they’re a very individual team with a lot of individual talent. They’ve got Hooper up front who is a fantastic goalscorer, so I wouldn’t say we’ve just pinpointed one player.

“We’ve got a gameplan and I’ve got a job to do in trying to prepare a team with the tools I’ve got to win the game - it’s as simple as that.

“I think tomorrow’s game will see, on their day, a very good individual team coming up against my team, who will work hard for each other and hopefully get the right result.”

While Wednesday will be boosted by the return of their most potent attacking threat, it seems Forest will be without theirs.

Nelson Oliveira limped off the field during Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Preston and is awaiting news on the severity of his injury.

Freedman said: “Nelson has a groin strain and we don’t know how long it’s going to be. He’s had his scans and we’re waiting to find out where we are with that one, but it doesn’t look too good.

“Hopefully we’ll have Oliver Burke back for tomorrow but it’s going to be very, very tight.”

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