Forest Boss Freedman Hopes For Home Turnaround

The Scot acknowledged that Friday night's first-half display at Bristol City was Forest's worst since he took the reins in February as two early Aaron Wilbraham goals sealed a comfortable first home victory of the season for Steve Cotterill's side.

Having battled through a difficult summer on the transfer front Freedman can also legitimately point to a lengthy injury list as a reason for the lack of cohesion on display in the opening minutes at Ashton Gate.

But having seen his side's previously solid away form count for little it now needs a quick improvement in fortunes at the City Ground to stop speculation about Freedman's own future before it starts.

The Championship has been relatively quiet on the managerial front so far this season, only Rotherham United and Brentford parting company with the men in charge and the Millers doing so on good terms with Steve Evans.

Burnley are the visitors on Tuesday before Ipswich come to town on Saturday and the Reds head into those games having lost their last three matches on home soil.

Speaking after the last of those matches, the 1-0 defeat by Hull City, Freedman said: "It was an outstanding performance, we were excellent. We played at a really high tempo. We created a lot of opportunities and we felt we deserved more."

That assessment did not totally tally with the view of those watching but the Reds are now at a stage when they need results first and foremost.