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Conquering the challenge

9 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he has taken a lot of satisfaction from tonight's 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.

The Reds left it very late to book their place in the second round courtesy of Jamie Ward's 91st-minute strike and Montanier was happy to make progress in the competition and secure a spot in the next round.

Speaking after the game he said: "I'm pleased to achieve the target of getting through to the next round. It was a tough game but we've managed to get through and that is important. We had control when we were 1-0 but we made a few little mistakes which let them back in.

"The mentality of the team was good once again. They tried everything to go and win the game and they never gave up. I changed 80% of the team tonight but still the mentality was the same, it was excellent.

"I'm not totally satisfied because we can control the game much more and we can create more. It is a good night for us but I think we can improve. We'll continue to keep building and to keep improving."

Montanier made nine changes from the side that beat Burton Albion on Saturday and the head coach was pleased with a number of players who were featuring for the first time this season.

He said: "I have many different players in this squad and I can pick a team specific to the opposition we are playing. That is a good sign for the future and it gives me a lot of options for the weeks and months to come.

"The winning goal was excellent. It was great build-up play and Jamie's finish was superb. I haven't seen much of him because he has been away since the European Championships but he played well and took his goal calmly.

"Damien Perquis and Matt Mills formed a good partnership and I think Damien played a good game in his first start for the club. There are many positive signs to come from tonight and we want to carry on progressing."

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