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Glad to be home

18 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he will be glad to return to The City Ground this weekend following three consecutive away games.

The Reds face Wigan Athletic on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and Montanier believes home advantage could make a big difference to his side as they aim to return to winning ways after defeat at Brighton and Brentford.

He said: "I was very frustrated on Tuesday night because we played a decent game but came away with nothing. The mentality of the players was excellent, we gave everything but we were just a little unlucky on the night in my opinion.

"We feel like we're close to getting a positive result but we have to keep working hard. It is a massive help for us to play at home and we want to have a good home record for the supporters. The atmosphere against Burton Albion was fantastic and we need that again.

"That being said I was surprised at how many supporters we had at Brentford on Tuesday night. To sell all the available tickets was a fantastic effort and that was why I was so disappointed to be able to get a result for them.

"Wigan are a good team. They've started the season very well, scoring three goals against Blackburn in their second game, and they'll be a difficult team to break down because they're very organised. But we need to continue working hard to get a positive result."

Forest striker Britt Assombalonga could return to the starting line-up after being named on the bench at Griffin Park in midweek while Montanier says new faces could be added to his squad within the coming days.

He said: "Britt's fitness is definitely better. He couldn't play at Brighton because he'd picked up a knock and Brentford was a tough situation because his partner had just given birth. But he's spent time with his family now and he'll be ready for Saturday's game.

"We're hoping to bring in a goalkeeper on a permanent deal before Saturday's game. It will be close but hopefully we can get the deal over the line.

"I would still like to add a couple more forwards to the squad. The goalkeeper is an urgent position we need to fill but we also have some attacking players who we would like to bring in. We're working hard to improve the squad."

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


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