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A point gained

11 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says this afternoon's 2-2 draw at Aston Villa typified the character and spirit he has in his squad.

The Reds had to come from behind with three minutes to play to earn a point at Villa Park through Henri Lansbury's well-taken goal and the Forest boss believes his side deserved the result after showing good battling qualities.

He said: "It's our first point away from home and a good one against a very strong team. We feel like it's a positive point for us because it shows that the players will never give up and that's a good sign for us for the rest of the season.

"I'm not totally satisfied because I think we can do much better to keep control of the ball. We kept losing the ball in bad areas and losing some battles but we also defended well and made sure we kept a good shape."

Forest had taken a 57th-minute lead through Apostolos Vellios' first goal of the campaign while Montanier also had his say on three less-positive incidents, the red card for Hildeberto Pereira and the injuries to Thomas Lam and Matty Cash.

He said: "Apostolos has worked really hard so far this season and we know it's always important for a forward to get their first goal. For him to score such a fantastic goal is great and we're all very pleased for him."

"Hildeberto knows the rule that you cannot jump into the crowd otherwise it is a yellow card. I haven't seen the video yet so I cannot say but, if he did, he will be getting a big fine because he knows he cannot do it.

"Thomas Lam's injury is not too serious but Matty's is slightly worse. We will see where everybody is tomorrow, give them to rest and recover and hopefully we will be in a good position for the game on Wednesday night."

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