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A disastrous display

7 January 2017

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says his side produced an unacceptable performance against Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

The Reds were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a 2-0 defeat at the DW Stadium and Montanier believes his side have no excuses or complaints following such a disappointing display in Lancashire.

He said: “It was a poor game. We were bad in every area, both with and without the ball, and we cannot keep accepting this situation. We’re on a terrible run and confidence is really low but that should not be an excuse. We need to show more when we’ve got the ball and do more when we haven’t.

“We lacked everything this afternoon. We gifted possession to the opposition too easily and we gave them too many chances to score. We looked weak in every part of the pitch and, even with a lot of players out injured, it should have been a much better performance.”

Montanier opted to bring Britt Assombalonga off in the second half and he explained the thinking behind that substitution as well as Eric Lichaj stepping up to take the penalty with nine minutes to play which was saved by Jakob Haugaard.

He said: “We made the substitution to protect Britt because he played 85 minutes in the last game and we need to make sure that he is available for a long time rather than one or two weeks.

“I spoke with Eric Lichaj at half-time about switching his position from left-back to right-back during the second half and we made the decision to do that after their second goal. Eric is the second penalty taker after Britt so it made sense that he would take the penalty. He scores lots of them in training but unfortunately today it was a different situation.”

The Forest head coach is aware of the speculation surrounding his position but insists he will continue to try and sort the issues out ahead of next weekend’s trip to Birmingham City.

He said: “I know my position is not comfortable and I understand that after the run we have been on. But this is not a time to be selfish and think only about my own position. My job is to try and help the team to find a solution to our problems and make sure we get back on track at Birmingham next weekend.

“We have had no news regarding the takeover of the club. My focus is purely on the team and about getting out of this bad run. We’ll wait to see what happens in the next week and we’ll go from there. But the takeover is not my preoccupation, I have to concentrate on the team and doing my best for them.”

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