Nottingham Forest boss lays down goals heading into the new year
By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier wants his side to regain some momentum heading into the new year and start another run of results.
Forest are currently 17th in the Championship with just seven wins from their 22 games this season, and have not won in the league since the victory over Newcastle at the start of the month.
Their last three league games have seen them concede six goals, and find the back of the net just once.
They have two games left to go in December, and could surge into the top-half of the table if they pick up six points.
They face Huddersfield on Boxing Day, before a trip to Newcastle on December 30, having already beaten Rafa Benitez’s side once this season.
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However, Montanier wants his side to forget their disappointing run of form in the league, and focus on picking up the points required for them to get back in contention for promotion.
He told the club’s official website: “We need to recover points and start another positive run. We had three important games and we didn’t play well.
“It wasn’t too bad but not good enough to get a result like in the Wolves game. The players were disappointed especially after the three victories as we had a good opportunity to go up the league.
“But we didn’t do it and we have to learn. We need to be more focused and I hope to recover some injured players to help the team improve our level.”
Forest require 11 points to make up the ground between them and the play-offs, and it will be no easy feat, with the Championship proving incredibly competitive of late.
Just nine points separate third-placed Reading with 13th-placed Aston Villa, while eight points separate 14th Brentford from the relegation zone.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Montanier may be close to agreeing this playmaker deal in January.