We were sim­ple, says Dougie

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Body­more

NEW Not­ting­ham For­est boss Dougie Freed­man says tak­ing things back to ba­sics helped his side pick up the win in his first game in charge.

The Scots­man saw his side beat rel­e­ga­tion-bat­tling Brighton, de­spite giv­ing up the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion through­out the game.

Freed­man, who re­placed Stu­art Pearce as manager this week, praised his side for their sim­plis­tic play.

He said:“De­fend­ers are there to de­fend and at­tack­ers to attack. It’s a very sim­ple game.

“I wanted to be very sim­ple in my mes­sage to the team and just get the play­ers in who do ex­actly what it says on the tin.

“If you can get that in your start­ing line-up then you’ve got half a chance as a coach. I just try to sim­plify it as much as I pos­si­bly can.

“I think putting play­ers in po­si­tions they feel com­fort­able in is when they do ex­actly what it says on the tin.

“We did what we had to do.We moved the ball and we had a ruth­less­ness about us that I felt to­day was very pleas­ing.

“We could have kept a clean sheet, it could have been a lit­tle eas­ier. We can im­prove but we need to get bet­ter at cer­tain things in our game.

“But I’ve got a group of play­ers that are will­ing to learn and work to­gether and as a coach I can’t ask for more than that.”

Brighton dom­i­nated for large parts of the game and took the lead in the 42nd minute af­ter an in­swing­ing Danny Holla free-kick was headed in to the far post by de­fender Lewis Dunk.

Freed­man’s For­est side struck back al­most im­me­di­ately, with Danny Collins head­ing Ben Os­born’s 44th-minute floated free-kick past David Stock­dale and in off the right post.

For­est took the lead in the 63rd minute, with Henri Lans­bury drilling a low ef­fort from a short free-kick across the goal and in to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the net.

They fur­thered their lead in the 86th minute when Chris Burke squared the ball to Os­born who slot­ted past Stock­dale from six yards.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton side made the fi­nal min­utes nervier for Freed­man when new sign­ing Beram Kayal scored af­ter com­ing off the bench.

He headed Kazenga LuaLua’s cor­ner in to the top left cor­ner be­yond Karl Dar­low in the 89th minute.

Hughton was un­happy with the weak goals his side con­ceded, par­tic­u­larly be­ing the home team and con­trol­ling much of the match.

The ex-New­cas­tle and Nor­wich manager said:“Af­ter tak­ing the lead like we did; the last thing you need to do is to con­cede a goal when we did just be­fore the half-time whis­tle.

“I think we all know you’re at your most vul­ner­a­ble af­ter you’ve scored and we con­ceded a poor goal.

“What we’ve done is con­ceded poor goals to­day. Two from set plays and at vi­tal parts of the game.

“Un­less we are go­ing to be a tight enough side, that is not con­ced­ing goals, then we need to be a side that is scor­ing more.

“When you’re up against teams like For­est, par­tic­u­larly at home, you have to be res­o­lute, as I said, and score goals.”

For­est’s win keeps them in 12th place in the Cham­pi­onship, while Brighton now sit 21st, just two points above the dreaded rel­e­ga­tion zone.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

WHAT A FIN­ISH: Not­ting­ham For­est’s Henri Lans­bury cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal

scores SLAM DUNK: Lewis Dunk

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