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3 November 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he is ready to fight for points as Queens Park Rangers visit The City Ground on Saturday.

Rangers’ form has been inconsistent, with a 2-0 home defeat to Brentford last time out but Montanier believes there was plenty of positives to take from The Reds’ performance at Reading last week, despite the 2-0 defeat.

He said: “After Reading we felt the result was a deception. There have been a lot of positives since and I know it is hard to tell as we conceded two goals and we had more opportunities. In our situation we need points, it is urgent and if we play like we did against Reading then I think we will be able to get results.

“For this moment we are in a battle, as you have to get results quickly and for that we need a victory against QPR. Everybody is very conscious about the situation and we have to fight for our positions.

“After Reading I am more confident as I saw some good things both offensively and defensively. Of course losing the game is the worst but for confidence there was a lot of positive things. We have to improve on the negative things and the players are ready to fight and push up the table.

“We do not look at what QPR have been doing, we are looking at our form. Perhaps they have not been in good form but neither have we. We need to look at our strengths and be focused on our game. Of course, we analyse QPR’s strong and weak points but we are focused about our game.”

Thomas Lam and Hildeberto Pereira are both available for selection following suspension, but none of the injured players are expected to return in time to play on Saturday.

One player who could make a return to the starting line-up is Britt Assombalonga as he continues his recovery from injury.

Montanier said: “Britt is better. He has come back step by step and we will see on Saturday, but he is closer to starting a game. He scored a goal against Reading, it was offside, but it is something he can bring to the team as he is efficient in front of goal.

“With a lot of injured players out it is good to have Thomas Lam and Hildeberto back. Dani Pinillos played 45 minutes with the Under 23s and it was tough, but good after ten months out. I hope he can play 45 minutes more on Friday for the Under 23s. For him to play two games in the same week is not easy but he needs it to recover and be fit for the future.”

Speculation continues surrounding the ownership of the club, but Montanier is focused on what happens on the pitch and getting results for Nottingham Forest.

He said: “It is not my sector. We need to win points, be focused on the pitch and not to be distracted about the ownership. Until the club can communicate something official then there is nothing to say, but our focus is on the pitch as it is important for the players, the fans and everyone.

“My position is not the most important. I am not worried about my job. It has been disappointing for the players as at Reading they played a good game. When you work hard and then get another defeat it is difficult. But on Monday the players were disappointed of course but they were positive. They want to give everything for Forest and they believe.”

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