Nottingham Forest surprised many, including their own fans, with a three-goal haul in the first of two extremely important home matches as Nelson Oliveira netted twice and Chris O'Grady was also on the scoresheet.
Freedman pointed to the inclusion of both players in his starting line-up, alongside Ryan Mendes, as evidence of an attacking mentality to the Reds' game.
"People thought we were going to be defensive, but we chucked two forwards into the team and played on the front foot."
It was the second successive home fixture in which Forest have managed to stop their opponents from building up a head of steam, even though Reading took the lead through Matej Vydra.
Royals boss Steve Clarke said afterwards: "They played with two banks of four, in midfield and defence and they made it difficult for us. They crowded the penalty area and made it difficult for us to create anything."