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Chance to end bad run

6 January 2017

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier feels the Emirates FA Cup clash against Wigan Athletic will give his side a chance to end their bad run of form.

The Reds have suffered four straight defeats in the Sky Bet Championship and attentions now turn to the FA Cup and Montanier is looking for a good performance.

He said: “The cup is the oldest in the world and everybody watches the final and for that it is a very good competition. For us it is a chance to break the bad run that we have been on and for that we will play at 100 per cent tomorrow. 

“We need to be more clinical and a little luckier to have a clean sheet. We also need to be more accurate technically and to keep the same mentality as the players gave everything. We need to be more clinical offensively and defensively too. 

“They are not in a good position in the league, like us, but we know in the Championship there is not a big difference between the top and the bottom. Wigan, especially at home, will not be easy but for this competition we need to win this game. 

“It is another competition and a change but for us it is an opportunity to have a victory. We need a victory and the cup can give a good dynamic for the Championship.”

David Vaughan will be missing for Forest after picking up a rib injury, but Vladimir Stojkovic is set to return to the squad and compete with Stephen Henderson for the goalkeeper’s jersey while Matt Mills also returns after completing his suspension. 

Speculation continues to mount around the future of Henri Lansbury and Montanier confirmed that the midfielder will not be involved at the DW Stadium.

He said: “Henri is not at 100 per cent in his head to play this game as the situation for him means he is not ready to play a football game. 

“We have received a bid for Henri and we will see. It is not me to take the decision to sell but it is a position that his contract is up at the end of the season and he has received a big offer and we will see what happens over the next few days.

“It is a possibility that he leaves. He is a captain and I know that in football some situations are difficult. When a player receives a big offer it is difficult to play at 100 per cent. 

“It is confidential but we have received offers for him. For this moment we will see as the club hasn’t decided about Henri. It is a possibility that he will leave, I cannot predict the future. It is more difficult that he will sign a new contract as the offer he has received is big and it is not something we can compete with.

“This period is always tough for the managers as there is speculation and a possibility to recruit and for some players to leave the club. It is not a good moment as we need stability but we need to adapt to the situation.”

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