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Dougie Freedman: Wingers can fire Nottingham Forest

23 February 2015

Dougie Freedman believes Nottingham Forest's wingers can continue to propel them to success, after seeing Chris Burke and Michail Antonio take centre stage in a 4-1 win against Bolton.

Burke netted twice, while Antonio scored a fine solo goal and was simply unplayable at times, as Forest notched up a win that extended Freedman's unbeaten start as Reds boss to four matches.

Forest have now collected 10 points and scored 14 goals since the former striker took over from Stuart Pearce.

And Freedman, who also saw Henri Lansbury net from the penalty spot amid a rampant display from the home side, hopes to maintain the Forest tradition of letting the wide men be the focal point of their side.

"Antonio was almost unplayable at times. I like my wide players go and attack players and in the old days at Forest that always used to happen, that is how people were brought up at this club," said Freedman.

"I like them to get out wide and attack and Antonio has certain qualities he brings to the table, with his pace and power. Chris Burke took his goals well too. They will be given the freedom to get forward when they can."

Freedman said the win did not mean any more, despite coming against the side he left in October.

"It did not mean any more to me, I have played and managed against my former clubs before, but I am just pleased with the performance and the result," he said. "I am really pleased, because this is a fantastic group of players to work with. They are a joy. They want to understand what you want from them, they want to learn, they want to improve.

"With their ability and talent they have got, it is really pleasing to see that coming out as a manager. All round, this was a very, very good performance for us.

"I am happy because we won the game of football and we played some great football; We scored two wonderful goals in the first 30 minutes and would have had more, if not for a few wonderful saves from their keeper."

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