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Pleased but not perfect

20 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was happy with today's 4-3 win over Wigan Athletic but angry with how his side let the opposition back into the game.

The Reds lost a lead three times on a dramatic afternoon at The City Ground and Montanier says his men still have much work to do to improve their defensive side of the game.

Speaking to Forest Player HD he said: "I was a little angry after the game because of the scoreline. I'm happy at the victory but angry at the fact we made big mistakes which gave Wigan a chance to come back.

"To not correct the mistakes we made in the last home game is disappointing and we have to learn quickly. If we continue to concede goals so easily then it will cause us many problems in the future.

"A lot of players are taking unnecessary risks which is making life difficult for us. We need to have a better balance between attacking and defending and we have to manage the game better than we did today."

Oliver Burke bagged a brace in this afternoon's win and despite some transfer speculation over recent weeks, Montanier is confident that the Scottish will remain as an important part of his squad.

He said: "Oliver's future is here at Nottingham Forest. As a young player if you want to progress and move forward then you have to be playing football and that is what he is doing here.

"It is good for Oliver because he is listening and learning. Some players leave football clubs too early and end up not playing which we don't want Oliver to do. He's enjoying his football here right now.

"We will have to see how Britt Assombalonga's injury is. It is a recurrence of the problem he suffered before the game at Brighton but we're hopefully that he will recover well. It's incredible that we lost two players in the first half of the game but we responded well."

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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