Reading V Nottingham Forest preview: Red’s position in table makes ‘every game big’

Video: Montanier says every game is important for Forest

Phillipe Montanier has said that with Forest just three points off the drop zone his team “must treat every match as a big game”.

The Reds have won just one of their last nine Championship matches, form which has seen them slump to 21st in the form table.

After 17 games in charge head coach Montanier has a win percentage of just 35 per cent, something he will be looking to improve when his squad travels to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading on Saturday.

Montanier told Notts TV that with Forest 19th in the table every match is crucial.

“Now every game is important for us because we don’t have a good position in the table and so every game for us is a big game.”

After going six unbeaten at the start of September opponents Reading have suffered a similar dip in form.

It’s the moment to push off the floor and get higher

Despite losing their last encounter against The Royals 2-1 last April, Forest had previously gone four unbeaten against Reading, winning three of those four fixtures.

But Montanier mantains it will still be a tough trip down south: “They are a good team with good positioning and a good techincal level.

“It will be a tough game but we have to get a good result here even against a good team.”

Centre back Damien Perquis has said that his team need to improve: “We have to be better and improve in terms of everything, like mistakes in our passing and defending game.

“Now we are in a bad situation it’s the moment to push off the floor and jump higher.”

The Polish international added: “Unity is very important, if you are not a unit where will you go?

“Alone we can go fast but together we can go far and the season is very long so I prefer going far together than fast.”

Reading V Nottingham Forest, Championship, Saturday, October 29

Reading-Madejski-StadiumGround: Madejski Stadium, Reading, capacity 24,161

Kick off: 15:00

Away Tickets: 1,601 sold of 2,011

Opponents form: 8th, W L D D L

There was some good news for Forest fans regarding striker Nicklas Bendtner.

The Danish international suffered an ankle injury in the 3-1 victory over Birmingham City and had to be strecthered off.

It was thought Bendtner would be out for a long spell but an X-Ray revealed the striker had not broken his ankle.

And the 28-year-old could return even sooner than expected, on his personal Instagram he posted a clip yesterday showing himself back in training, saying: “Doing all I can to get back on the field as quick as possible”

Instagram: Bendtner back in training.
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