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When September ends

14 October 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he was delighted by tonight's 3-1 win over Birmingham and admits it is a confidence boost following a tough September.

The Reds earned a superb victory thanks to goals from Eric Lichaj, Apostolos Vellios and Hildeberto Pereira and Montanier was thrilled to see his side respond to a difficult run of results in such emphatic fashion.

Speaking after the game he said: "I really enjoyed this victory because we needed it after having such a bad period in September. We worked hard during the international break and I was pleased to see the lads apply what they have learnt in this game.

"I was a bit disappointed for the defence because we were close to getting that clean sheet but the victory was more important. I much prefer to win the game 3-1 than draw it 0-0. 

"We had more control of the game, we were more solid at the back but we kept that capacity to score goals. We kept a good shape, were very organised and I always felt we were in control throughout the 90 minutes."

Forest had to react positively after Birmingham halved their two-goal lead with 19 minutes to play but they did so and, despite an injury to Nicklas Bendtner, they did enough to come away with all three points.

He said: "We understand that there will always be pressure when we haven't won games but I was pleased to see us look quite relaxed tonight. I hope this win will give the players more confidence and bring more positive results.

"During the international break we worked hard to improve our psychology. We wanted the players to know that they shouldn't panic when they concede a goal and to show a positive reaction and the lads did that tonight. 

"I had a better view of tonight's game because I was a little higher up so it wasn't too much of a problem for me. I had good communication with my staff and they did an excellent job on the touchline so we're very pleased.

"It is difficult to know whether the injury to Nicklas is serious or not. We have to wait until he has the scan tomorrow and then we will find out the full extent of the problem. We hope it isn't too bad for him."


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