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Defensive performance pleases Philippe

14 January 2017

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was delighted with the defensive display of his side as they played out a goalless draw against Birmingham City.

The Reds took a point away from St Andrew’s and Montanier was pleased with the reaction of his players following the defeat against Wigan last week.

He said: “It was positive today as we had a great defence and a positive attitude from all of the players on the pitch and we needed that after Wigan. We needed a reaction and we needed to show that yes, we can lose some games but with a good attitude we can play.

“It was the most important to get something from the game and every point is important in the Championship, especially away from home and for that it is positive.

“We showed we can keep a clean sheet and we defended very well with a great attitude, not just the goalkeeper and defenders but the whole team. Cashy was on the wing making a lot of tackles and everybody ran a lot to protect the team.

“There were more chances in the first half and we played well on the counter attack but we will keep the more accurate passes for the next game! We will work on this but it was most important to be strong defensively.”

Montanier was also pleased with his side’s focus after off-field events at the club and is now keen to plan for the transfer window and find out what budget he has to work with.

He said: “The players are focused on the pitch and for me it is good to know what is happening so we can plan for the transfer window because it is now urgent. If we have a budget I need to know what we can do as we don’t want to leave it until the last few days in January. 

“We have to plan and now we know the situation we have to plan and, if Henri leaves, we have to strengthen and we need to plan quickly. We haven’t had the conversation yet as the game was important, but I expect to have the conversation in the next day so we can plan for the future as our position in the table is uncomfortable.”

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