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Spirit and togetherness

7 March 2016

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says his players have the ‘spirit and togetherness’ to recover from their recent run of form.

The Reds go into tomorrow’s match against play-off outsiders Preston hoping to claim a win to alleviate the frustration of four consecutive defeats.

And Freedman believes there is enough mental strength in his squad to achieve victory against Simon Grayson’s side.

The manager told Forest Player HD: “There are going to be difficult moments between now and the end of the season – you’re always going to get that – but I think we have the spirit and togetherness to get through.

“Preston have done very well of late. They play a certain shape – five at the back – and they are very hard to break down and beat. They’ve got players like Gallagher and Reach up front who can surprise you with long shots and crosses.

“But I think it’s about us tomorrow night – how we approach the game. I want us to be on the front foot and I want us to show our commitment to our fans. We’ve done it before and I think we can do it again.”

Freedman is unlikely to be handed a boost by the return of any injured players for tomorrow night’s match.

He said: “I would love to say there are one or two coming back but realistically, Henri Lansbury, young Oliver Burke and Jamie Ward will possibly be back for Derby and Britt Assombalonga will possibly be back at the end of the month.

“Jack Hobbs had a spasm in his back last week so he will not play tomorrow.

“We’re still going to be missing key players but when we get these moments we’ve got to make sure we stay strong, have a bit of realism in what we’re trying to do and make sure we are committed.

“We showed that on Saturday and I’m sure we’ll show that tomorrow.”

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