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Philippe praises patience

3 December 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier said it was crucial to be patient as his side finally broke down nine-man Newcastle United to win 2-1 at The City Ground.

A late own-goal by Jamaal Lascelles proved to be the decisive goal after Nicklas Bendtner had equalised Matt Ritchie’s first-half opener.

Newcastle had Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett sent off for two penalty decision, both of which were missed by firstly Bendtner and secondly Lansbury, but Montanier was pleased with his side’s efforts.

He said: “It was a crazy game. The goalkeeper saved two penalties and playing 11 against nine and scoring at the end, there was a lot of emotion. But three points are very important for us to keep going on and I am happy about that for the victory. 

“We had to be patient in the second half, to press higher and be patient with the ball. We tried to play wide to get in a lot of crosses and get opportunities to score. We stuck to the plan and got the result at the end.

“I said to the players that we had to be clear as it was a crazy game. Yes, we were disappointed about the two penalties but we had 45 minutes to win the game. We know we only needed a few seconds to score a goal and during the half we had to forget the penalties and try to do well. We were patient and we deserved the second goal.”

Montanier made bold changes to go in search of the equaliser and then the winner, with Britt Assombalonga, Mustapha Carayol and Apostolos Vellios all being introduced to add to the firepower.

Montanier said: “I know that I have some good players on the bench with Britt, Vellios and Carayol and I had to use all three to get the victory.

“I told them to play wide as they had nine men and often the opposite side was free. So we needed to get the ball wide to deliver the balls into the box as we had a good presence in there. 

“We tried to play directly and off the second ball too, and we weren’t always accurate with the crosses but the most important thing is that we scored the two goals and got the three points.”

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