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Give youth a chance

22 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says tomorrow night's EFL Cup tie at Millwall will give him a good opportunity to blood the club's younger players.

The Reds travel to South London with a place in the third round of the EFL Cup as the prize for the winners and Montanier believes The Den will be a good ground for some of his young players to showcase their talents.

Speaking ahead of the game he said: "Tomorrow night could be a good opportunity for some of our younger players to show what they can do. Players like Matty Cash are a good example of what you can do as a young player if you are focused.

"Millwall are a dangerous team who had a good win over Sheffield United at the weekend and we know The Den is a difficult place to play. I watched them in the League One play-off final last season and they're a good side.

"The cup remains an important competition for us and we need to build on the good win at Doncaster in the last round. I'm a dreamer, I always want to win every competition but we have to concentrate on Millwall first."

Montanier's side have already conceded ten goals in the Championship this season and although the head coach has been pleased with two victories in the league so far, he insists they must do better at the back.

He said: "It's better to win 4-3 than to draw 0-0 but we need to correct the defensive mistakes. We have to improve in that area. At the moment we are not getting much time to prepare in between games but we can still work hard to improve.

"People will criticise a goalkeeper when goals are conceded but at the moment Stephen Henderson is not being protected by the team. Stephen knows that I trust and believe in him. When we concede goals it is because of mistakes by the whole team." 

Tickets are still available for the next home game against Leeds United via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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