The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

NOT­TING­HAM FOR­EST man­ager Dougie Freed­man has praised the im­pact of winger Ryan Men­des fol­low­ing his re­turn to the side.

The 26-year-old had been left out of the For­est start­ing XI in re­cent weeks but Freed­man recog­nised his re­turn to form and in­sists a spell on the side­lines was just what the doc­tor or­dered.

The Cape Verde in­ter­na­tional played a key role in Nelson Oliveira's mid­week strike against Pre­ston and, with a lit­tle more com­po­sure, could have had at least one goal of his own.

Men­des had been ab­sent with a groin prob­lem and has had to be pa­tient to work his way into the start­ing line-up.

“I spoke to Ryan and I am not go­ing to jus­tify the de­ci­sions I make. I make the de­ci­sions I feel are right for the club,” said Freed­man.

“Ryan needed to come out of the side. He had taken a bit of a back seat re­cently.

“But he has got his strength back now and he can have a big push for us in the fi­nal ten or so games.

“He and Nelson showed real qual­ity for us and, hope­fully, that will con­tinue in the com­ing weeks.”

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