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A missed opportunity

14 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was disappointed to see his side draw 2-2 at Rotherham United this evening after leading the game late on.

The Reds had been 2-1 ahead with three minutes to play but were denied by Jon Taylor's late strike and Montanier was unhappy to see his men drop points despite a strong second-half performance at the New York Stadium.

He said: "We played a good game, we restricted them to just two scoring chances and our performance in the second half was very strong. But when you're leading 2-1 at the end it's disappointing to only to draw the game 2-2.

"We felt Lica was fouled in the build-up to their second goal but these things happen. Even after they equalised we didn't give up and kept going to win the game and forced their goalkeeper to make an excellent save.

"I'm very proud of the players and the supporters tonight and we're heading in the right direction. We don't let injuries or suspensions affect us, we just keep going and trying to pick up points especially away from home."

Montanier was without the services of a number of key players tonight but felt his side should not be using that as an excuse as he prepares them to take on one of the favourites for promotion, Norwich City, on Saturday.

He said: "The goal from Apostolos Vellios summed up the mentality of the team. The players give everything for the cause and I felt like we deserved the victory tonight. But Rotherham were unbeaten at home and they weren't going to give that up.

"I thought Nicklas Bendtner did well and I know he'll get even better as he gets more minutes. He looked more comfortable as the game went on tonight and we know that he will continue to improve in the next few weeks.

"Chris Cohen will hopefully be back for the game on Saturday and Hildeberto Pereira will be back as well. Britt Assombalonga is returning from his injury but he needs more training sessions to be fit to play."

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