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Montanier excited for derby action

9 December 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier is excited for his first taste of the East Midlands derby when his side travel to Derby County on Sunday.

The Reds go into the match on the back of three consecutive wins and Montanier is asking the team to go out and put a performance on for the fans.

He said: “Derby is always a special game with a great atmosphere and I am very excited to play this game because it is a very big derby.

“Our job is to play to win the game but we would like to make the fans happy. It is part of our job and for them this game is very important. 

“It is not a normal game. You have three points but it is not a matter of life and death, it is more than that. You play for the fans, three points and for Nottingham. It is an opportunity for the players to create history.”

Hildeberto Pereira is set to return from suspension, while Armand Traore is also available after injury. Danny Fox remains on the sidelines and there is also a doubt over Britt Assombalonga as the striker picked up a small hamstring injury in training.

Montanier is expected a tough challenge from a Derby side which has won the last five games, but says confidence is high in the Forest squad.

He said: “They have won the last five games and have one of the best defences in the Championship. They are a tough opponent and a good challenge for us but it is not impossible.

“The players are preparing well for this game. The tension will arrive with the game and during the week we need to be clear in our work. 

“It is better for the confidence to win three consecutive games but we know that the last game was not perfect. We got the three points but we know where we have to improve, especially against a good team like Derby. We will have to do better to get a result.

“I have seen more confidence but I am not totally satisfied. We can have better control of the ball and for that we need confidence and points. We have that so I hope we can play better with the ball.”

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