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May the best team win

11 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he will have his toughest team selection to date when his side take on Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow night.

The Reds have recorded victories in their first two matches of the campaign but face a stern examination of their credentials against Chris Hughton’s men at the Amex Stadium.

Montanier was pleased with his side’s displays in the wins over Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers and believes he’ll have to think long and hard about his starting line-up for the trip to the south coast.

He said: “It will be a tough team selection for me tomorrow night but it’s a good problem to have. Brighton is our immediate target but I have to remember we play Brentford then Wigan a few days later so we will need everyone to play their part.

“I have an idea of my team for tomorrow night but it will be important to see who is fresh tomorrow morning. The players who picked up knocks against Burton have recovered and we’ll assess who is in a good state tomorrow ahead of a very difficult game.

“For me Brighton are one of the best teams in the Championship. I saw a few of their games last season and they have a good stability and are very organised. It will be a great challenge for us to measure ourselves against one of the best teams in the league.

“We’ll need to play a perfect game both in attack and defence. We’ll have to be focused at all times because they get forward in good numbers and it only takes them ten seconds to score a goal. But it is a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

The August transfer window has brought plenty of speculation in the media but Montanier says his side are totally focused on the challenges to come with games against Brighton, Brentford, Wigan, Millwall and Leeds before the month’s end.

He said: “We haven’t had any bids for any of our players. At the moment everything is just speculation although sometimes the journalists know more than I do. The most important thing for me is the game against Brighton and we have to focus completely on that.

“Every club has to deal with speculation but we remain concentrated on the next few matches. We’ve got important games to come before the end of August so we won’t rush to add to the squad but I’m pleased to have the chairman’s backing if I need a new player.

“I have a very strong relationship with the chairman and with Pedro Pereira which is helpful. It allows us to make quick and effective decisions for the future but we will only make decisions that will take Nottingham Forest forward.”

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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