Forest Prepare For A Nervous Afternoon At The City Ground

The manner of this weekend's defeat at Brentford has seen the speculation about the manager's future start all over again and his post-match comments at Griffin Park were noticeably different from other defeats that the Reds have suffered this season.

Whereas Freedman has often talked about good performances, or the absence of a little bit of good fortune, he called his side 'naive' as they lost a crucial game from a position of some strength having equalised with fifteen minutes remaining and facing ten men.

A change in personnel and a change in style were among the solutions offered in the immediate aftermath of the Brentford game with two tough, but winnable, home games coming up against Reading and Fulham.

The City Ground on Saturday is likely to be a different place to the raucous Friday night atmosphere that carried Forest along against Derby in their last home match.

The crowd will be edgy, knowing that even if their side win the game it is unlikely to be a comfortable victory and also at the thought of more upheaval to come should the Reds once again find themselves on the wrong end of a tight scoreline.