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27 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says this evening's 1-1 draw with Fulham showed his side have to continue working hard to make improvements all over the pitch.

The Reds took the lead through a strike from Nicklas Bendtner on the hour mark but dropped points courtesy of Tom Cairney's equaliser and Montanier says his side must accept they have plenty of work to do in the coming weeks.

He said: "It was a difficult game for us and we're obviously disappointed not to have won after leading 1-0. It was a game that could have ended 3-3 as both teams conceded chances but I thought Fulham deserved something, as did we.

"It was important for us to bring to an end our run of three defeats but we're not in a good period right now. Technically there is a lot more work to be done. There is a lot for us to do over the international break.

"We knew Fulham like to control the possession and have a lot of the ball so it is a good point for us. But we know that we have a lot to improve on and we have to keep working hard to make ourselves a better team."

Montanier made six changes from the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday but the Forest boss insists he has had to keep swapping players in order to avoid burning out some members of his squad.

He said: "We made changes again tonight to keep the players fresh. I think you saw tonight that players like Michael Mancienne, who have played five consecutive games in a short space of time, finished the game in a very tired way.

"Michael and Damien Perquis picked up knocks but they didn't seem very serious injuries. Hopefully we can welcome back Armand Traore and Thomas Lam into the squad for Saturday's game and get more bodies in the squad.

"Nicklas Bendtner still needs time to adjust to his new surroundings and get used to playing with new team-mates. But I was very pleased to see him get the goal he deserved and hopefully that will give him confidence."

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