Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier is backing his side to put an end to Bristol City’s strong recent run of results when the two sides meet on Saturday.
Lee Johnson’s men have won their last three matches in all competitions and although Montanier admits it will be tough to achieve a first victory at Ashton Gate since 2011, he is confident The Reds can come back with all three points.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, he said: “Bristol City have been in good form so it will be a difficult game for us. It might not be the place you want to go when you need a victory but we are confident and ready to take on the challenge.
“In my opinion, we need to start defending better as a unit. If we can cut out the mistakes at the back then we believe the wins will come pretty quickly as we know we will always create chances and score goals, whether we’re at home or away.
“A win on Saturday would give the players a lot of confidence and belief as we head into the international break. We recognise that we have lots of important work to do in that break but it would put the players in a good frame of mind.”
The weekend’s trip to Ashton Gate will see Forest tackle their seventh game in 21 days and Montanier says he hopes to have a more consistent team selection once the fixture congestion has eased after the two-week break.
He said: “We want to have a team that is playing together more regularly but we haven’t been able to do that yet because we’ve picked up a few knocks. When we have more time between games, we hope there’ll be fewer minor injuries.
“Armand Traore and Thomas Lam should return this weekend as they have both recovered from their respective injuries. We will have to see about Michael Mancienne and Damien Perquis who are still struggling after Tuesday night.
“It is good to welcome Henri Lansbury back into the squad after his suspension too. Henri is a strong leader and has performed well so far this season so it is important for us to have him back with us for the game at Bristol City."