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Philippe praises player positivity

17 November 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier believes his side’s perseverance will soon pay off as they prepare to visit Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Montanier has had extra time to build towards the trip to Portman Road due to the two-week international break and he hopes his players will be fit for the challenge.

He said: “The international break is a good occasion, especially in November, to manage the players. Some play a lot and it is good to manage the fitness of the players and to prepare for Ipswich.

“We have more time to analyse the last game and to work on things. When you have four or five training sessions it is easier to prepare for the next game, but it is the same for the opponent.   

“Ipswich are very strong and they play with high intensity. There will be a lot of duels and we need to be solid. We can repeat the same game that we had against Reading, but more clinical offensively and defensively. We know that Ipswich is a different team and we have to impose our game.

“Against Reading and QPR it was a good game, not the results but I think we have progressed. We conceded less opportunities of scoring and we had more opportunities ourselves and that is better, but we need to be more clinical to win the game.

“We need to continue this but to score more goals and to keep a clean sheet. It is always the same targets, but even if the results are not good it is important to keep a positive mentality. In these situations, it can be easy to give up sometimes but you have seen in the past two games we have continued and the players want to persevere in this way.”

Matty Cash and Nicklas Bendtner are still a few weeks short of fitness, as is David Vaughan, and Jack Hobbs suffered a minor injury as he made a return to training, with all players not expected to play a part this weekend.  

Michael Mancienne and Dani Pinillos could be included in the squad which travels to Ipswich after their injury setbacks, and Montanier feels that the returning Spaniard could be like a new signing.  

He said: “Michael Mancienne is back, and Dani Pinillos is closer to be part of the group to go to Ipswich and Muzzy [Carayol] trying as well to see if he is fit.

“Dani is like a new player for me. I enjoy this comeback as he is a good guy and he works hard, so to see him in the group and be part of the group to go to Ipswich is very good news. He played two games with the Under 23s and I am confident that he can help the team.

“I have a dream to have everyone fit. We know we can have one or two injured players, but when you have seven or eight and a lot of key players it is more difficult. I hope that in the next few weeks we will have 80 per cent of our squad fit.”

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