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Taking the positives

15 August 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier insists his side must use Friday’s defeat at Brighton as motivation for tomorrow’s trip to Brentford.

The Reds were beaten 3-0 at the Amex Stadium on Friday night and Montanier says his team are only beginning their development ahead of another tough game at Griffin Park.

He said: “As I said after the match on Friday, it was important that we went away and digested the performance to work out what went wrong and where we can improve our game.

“As much as it is vital for us to address and learn from the negative aspects of our game, I also feel we have to embrace the positives.

“In the first half we created chances and looked bright with possession and that is a mentality we have worked hard on in pre-season. Our philosophy was never going to change overnight but I am pleased to see the team applying these methods.

Forest travel to West London tomorrow and Montanier has four important players back in the squad as his side aim to make improvements all over the pitch.

He said: “Defensively I have full confidence we will become tighter as a unit. This has to come from every member of our squad and not just the defenders. We have to defend and attack as a group in order to achieve the results we want.

“Brentford will provide a different type of challenge tomorrow evening but we welcome the opportunity to put things right so soon after a defeat.

“We have Britt Assombalonga, Matt Mills and Thomas Lam all available for selection once again. Britt and Matt have shaken off minor hamstring and groin injuries respectively while Thomas had to withdraw from the squad on Friday with a severe migraine but he is now back to full fitness.

“We’re also happy to have Danny Fox back in contention following his suspension and we feel his experience will only help us as we aim to make improvements from a defensive point of view."

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