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Red card changed the game

30 December 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier felt the red card shown to Matt Mills changed the game as his side lost 3-1 to Newcastle United.

The Forest captain was shown two yellow cards in a minute after what appeared to be a show of dissent following a foul on Ayoze Perez, and Montanier felt the decision was harsh at a time when The Reds were playing well.

He said: “I prefer not to comment as everybody saw what happened. It is tough as it was a yellow card and no more. It was incredible and it changed the game. We played a good first half and had a good reaction after an unlucky goal with some opportunities to score. 

“If we stayed 11 against 11 we could have got a better result and quickly after we conceded the second goal and 10 against 11 was too tough.

“Sometimes it is normal when you receive two yellow cards but I said to the players they will be fined if they get booked for dissent. In this case it was exaggerated. He gave the ball to the opponent strongly, but if you receive a yellow card every time for this there would be 10 or 11 yellow cards.

“It was tough at the beginning of the second half, like at the start of the first, but we knew we had the quality to play and be dangerous. We had better control of the game, better than last time, and the players gave everything. They were brave as with the sending off everyone worked hard and never gave up, but we need a bit of luck in this tough period.”

Nicolao Dumitru scored his first goal for the club to draw Forest level in the first half and Anel Ahmedhodzic also made his debut as a late substitute, and Montanier feels it is important to manage the playing time of the squad with the third game in a week coming up on Monday against Barnsley.

He said: “We have to manage as we have three games during this week. We know that some players cannot play two consecutive games so we had to change a little. We gave a good answer on the pitch with these players and others. I am happy that Nico scored the first goal as he works hard in training sessions and worked hard today and deserved to score.

“I expect to recover some of my injured players, as we have eight injures without many possibilities to change. I was happy to see the first game for Anel as he has a good future at the club.”


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