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Portman Road delight for Philippe

19 November 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was delighted with his side’s performance as they came away from Ipswich Town with a 2-0 win.

It was Forest’s first away win of the season, as well as a first clean sheet, and Montanier felt it was testament to the way his side had been improving in recent weeks.  

He said: “I am very happy. It is the first victory away but we need points. We know it is good to have a good reaction and the victory is great for the confidence but we know that we have to continue.  

“We wanted the clean sheet and we only conceded two shots on target. We needed that and the players defended with great commitment.  

“The players played really well and the games before, for me, were very frustrating as we need points and results. It was the same with Reading and QPR as we showed good performances but we needed to be more efficient and tonight we were.   

“We had nine shots on target and scored two goals. We needed a bit more of a defensive mentality after and we did that.”

Britt Assombalonga scored both goals at the start and end of the first half, with the opening goal coming after just 17 seconds.   

Montanier feels the great start to the match was the result of work done on the training field to improve the link-up play between the two forwards.  

He said: “When I was young a player in the same situation scored after 10 seconds and I had to wait 25 years to see the same! I enjoyed it as we worked this week on the coordination between two forwards and it is great to see them link on the pitch.  

“I think Ben Osborn played very well at the beginning, he is a complete player but he needed to be more efficient. Today is good for him as he deserved to be man of the match because he worked a lot and did a lot of good things.”  

The match also saw the return of Dani Pinillos after an 11-month absence through injury, but Chris Cohen missed out after picking up a knock in training.  

Montanier said: “Dani should be our mascot as we won away! I am very happy as it has been tough for him but he continued to work progressively. He is a good player and he now needs to play a lot of games to recover and play a good tempo.  

“For Cohen it is difficult. We will see this week and we wait to know exactly how long he will be out, but he definitely won’t play next week.”

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