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Dougie Freedman eyeing Nottingham Forest improvements

9 February 2015

New Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman admitted there was room for improvement after marking his first game in charge with a 3-2 victory at relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion.

Clinching only a second win in their last 11 Sky Bet Championship games was a perfect start for the Scot after he took over the reins from Stuart Pearce on an 18-month contract on Sunday.

But the former Crystal Palace and Bolton chief said it was very much a matter of taking it one game at a time, and that he is preferring at the moment to ‘still look over my shoulder’.

Second-half goals from Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborne turned the game in Forest's favour after Danny Collins had cancelled out an opener by Brighton top-scorer Lewis Dunk.

Debutant Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal, signed from Celtic, came off the bench to score in the last minute for the Seagulls, who have now won only one of their last seven home league games.

Freedman reiterated that he was not a ‘magician’ as he begins the task of arresting Forest's slump in form.

He said: "It's the same mindset in that I'm still looking over my shoulder. It's one game at a time. It could have been better, we could have got a clean sheet.

"We can improve but I know the group of players that I have got and we will work on things.

"I'm not a magician but I've got a lot of experience at this level. It's great for a coach to work with a bunch of players and that will build confidence."

Freedman has told his squad that they all have a clean slate and a chance to impress.

He added: "It's all about the team. The team is the important thing and getting back to winning ways is nice for the players and the fans."

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