Attack, attack, attack - Freedman’s Forest want to give fans what they want against Queens Park Rangers

Nottingham Forest Manager Dougie Freedman'Picture by Dan Westwell
Nottingham Forest Manager Dougie Freedman'Picture by Dan Westwell

Positivity and a will to attack can help Nottingham Forest maintain their proud record of never having lost at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Dougie Freedman’s men, who are on a 12-match unbeaten streak, are keen to give the Reds supporters what they want at the City Ground - attacking football.

He said: “The fans want to see attack, attack, attack – I understand that and, in certain games, they do.

“At home, it is something we need to be mindful of, when it comes to what the fans demand.

“We have been working on attacking at home games and we have shown that we can score goals at home.

“Yes, we have to defend when needed, but we want to be on the front foot and take the game to QPR. That is the key to continuing this run.”

Morale is high at Forest thanks to their lengthy unbeaten run, and Saturday’s big win over the Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

But Freedman insists there is also a determination to stay at the top of their game.

Speaking about the atmosphere in the dressing room at the weekend, he said :”The feeling in there was that they were looking forward to Tuesday night.

“The players were talking about their disappointment that we had not won games like Bristol City and Preston, when we had played okay, but not got the result.

“There was no talk of ‘this is fantastic, let’s go’. It was looking back at what we should be achieving and looking ahead to QPR and saying, ‘right, we are going to put the record straight here’. We want to continue to progress.”

For the manager himself, this run has put an end to discontent among Forest fans over his position.

He credits those who didn’t waver in their vocal support for helping to inspire him to turn things around.

“The indications to me, when we were in a difficult run, was that they were still supporting us – because they were still clapping us off the field at times.

“We were not winning, but they were clapping us off.

“That was what made me more determined. It was not difficult questions about my future, it was that – the desire to give them something to cheer about; to give our good fan base the chance to see good football and winning football.”

Freedman is expected to name an unchanged squad for tonight’s encounter with 14th placed QPR.

Forest have never lost a competitive match at home to QPR, in 31 matches, the Reds winning 19 times.