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Laying down a marker

16 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says he hopes his side can send a message by beating Norwich City at The City Ground tomorrow.

The Canaries are one of the favourites for an immediate return to the Premier League and although Montanier is expecting a stern examination of his side's credentials, he believes The Reds can come out on top.

He said: "It will be another very difficult game against a team who have just come down from the Premier League and you'd have to say it will probably be our toughest home game of the season so far.

"Norwich have some very good technical players who I know a lot about and who will make life very difficult for us. But the mentality of the players is very good and we're looking forward to the challenge facing us.

"The target is always to score more than the opposition and I'm glad the supporters are enjoying the football. We play in the moment and we play for our supporters. Football without the fans is nothing."

Montanier was without the services of midfield duo Chris Cohen and Hildeberto Pereira at Rotherham on Wednesday night but the Forest head coach had brighter news ahead of tomorrow's visit of The Canaries.

He said: "Chris Cohen has trained with the squad this week and I'm sure he will be ready to help the team tomorrow. We welcome back Hildeberto into the squad as well and Nicklas Bendtner is getting closer to starting a game too.

"The game will probably come too soon for Britt Assombalonga though. He has had a minor calf injury and hasn't trained as much as he would have liked so we don't want to risk him and caused more problems in the future.

"We don't go out to just play the experienced players or the young players. We pick the best players for the team no matter how old they are. Everyone has a chance to break into the team if they train and play well."

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