Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1: Freedman plays down lack of an after-match handshake with Evans

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman.

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NOTTINGHAM Forest boss Dougie Freedman admitted the home side would have done well to come away with three points off a game plan that involved soaking up pressure.

Forest utilised their counter-attacking game to fend off Leeds for large parts of the match, this after Nelson Oliveira had given them a 17th-minute lead.

Leeds, for their part, dominated possession but could not make that count with a killer final ball, and it needed a superb Byram strike from outside the box to take a point from the City Ground.

Freedman, whose side were looking for a fifth straight home win, said: “I felt Leeds had very good individual players.

“It was a game plan that was working. Credit to Leeds, they go for 95 minutes. So I felt the only way to win the game was to kill them off, because they keep coming at you.”

Following the match, there was no hand shake between both managers, after what had been 90 minutes of both Freedman and Evans animated on the touchline.

But Freedman shrugged off any controversy by saying: “I’m focused on my players. I felt my players needed my hand shake for the efforts they put in. I’m concentrating on my players and fans to make sure they’re alright.”

Forest, 13th in the Championship, will be hoping to press on from yesterday’s draw when they travel tomorrow to a Cardiff City side that sits eighth in the table but which is smarting from a surprise 2-1 defeat at MK Dons on Saturday.

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