We were simple, says Dougie
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.
WHAT A FINISH: Nottingham Forest’s Henri Lansbury celebrates scoring his side’s second goal
scores SLAM DUNK: Lewis Dunk