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Philippe expecting tough test at Rotherham

13 September 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says tomorrow’s game at Rotherham will be tricky as his side aim to end The Millers’ unbeaten home run.

Rotherham have won one and drawn two of their three home games so far and although the Forest boss believes they will present a different challenge to Aston Villa, it will be an equally-tough proposition.

He said: “Rotherham haven’t lost at home this season so we know it will be a very difficult game. We know they have a few former Forest players in the team but we cannot just concentrate on them, we have to focus on all of their players.

“I think they will give us a different challenge to Aston Villa but just as tough. However, we are very confident after Sunday’s game and we will travel to Rotherham aiming to attack well and take all three points.

“With ten points after six games we’ve had a decent start but we know there is room to improve. It was important to pick up our first point away from home at Aston Villa but now we’re aiming to get our first victory away from home tomorrow night.”

The Forest head coach has lost midfielder Matty Cash to injury and also had some important team news ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to the New York Stadium.

He said: “Matty has fractured his tibia so we expect it to be about three months before he plays another competitive game. It’s really unlucky for both Matty and for us because he had started the season very well and was a big part of our squad.

“I think Chris Cohen and Nicklas Bendtner will be involved in the squad tomorrow night. I don’t think either of them will be fit enough to play 90 minutes but they will definitely be ready to help the team in some way.

“Tomorrow’s game will probably come too soon for Britt Assombalonga and David Vaughan. They’ve both picked up minor injuries so we don’t want to risk them but I would expect them be back within the next week or so."

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