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Off the mark

6 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was delighted to pick up three points on the opening day of the season this afternoon.

The Reds beat Burton Albion 4-3 at The City Ground thanks to goals from Britt Assombalonga (2), Oliver Burke and Thomas Lam and the Forest boss was pleased with the outcome despite a nervy ending.

He said: "I'm a very happy man after a victory. At the end of the game it was difficult for us because Burton Albion are a very good team and we didn't manage it well enough. But we have claimed a good victory with a young team.

"The fans were incredible today, they gave me goosebumps. I think they were pleased to see a young team, with five players from the academy, playing well and giving it 100% effort.

"We will always try to play attacking football but it is hard because the opposition sometimes play to a good level. But we need to work hard to ensure we don't keep conceding three goals because we won't score four in every match.

"But the young players in this team will learn. It is normal for young players to lack experience in game management and they will only get better. Now we must help them to improve."

Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries had to be stretchered off in the first half following a heavy collision but Montanier also reserved praise for his half-time substitute Pajtim Kasami who replaced Jorge Grant at the interval.

He said: "I brought Kasami on in order to give us more control of the game. Jorge Grant had a good first half but we just felt we needed Pajtim's experience to help us keep the ball better in the midfield.

"When Dorus went off we were handicapped because we had a substitute less. I don't think his problem is very serious but we will know more tomorrow morning. In this case though I don't think he was protected by the referee but sometimes that happens."

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