Philippe Montanier pleased but cautions optimism after Braga win

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Nottingham Forest beat SC Braga 3-0 to round off their pre-season trip to Portugal

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Speaking to the club's official YouTube channel, Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has cautioned optimism after his side's impressive 3-0 dismantling of Portuguese Primeira Liga side SC Braga 3-0 yesterday.

The Reds looked comfortable in their last pre-season fixture to be played in Portugal, having already beaten Millwall behind closed doors earlier in the week.

Yesterday was the first chance for fans to get a good look at Montanier's side and they would have been thoroughly impressed with what they saw, especially considering the strength of the opposition.

Elderson EchiejileBraga finished fourth last season

Braga finished fourth in the Portuguese top flight last term, and they reached the last 16 of the Europa League, a tournament they will again feature in next season. 

But it was Championship side Forest that looked the part, and Philippe Montanier will have been delighted not only to have seen his net three times, but also to keep a clean sheet against one of Portugal's biggest clubs.

And indeed, the Frenchman was very satisfied with what he saw, but cautioned optimism among the fans, emphasising that this was only a pre-season run-out.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham ForestHenri Lansbury opened the scoring yesterday

"Yes but its only a friendly match." He replied when asked about how pleased he was with the result.

"I dont know how Braga trained during this week

"We have to focus about our game, about our principle defensive and principle offensive.

"For that, I am satisfied becasue the squad worked very well and we progress step by step."

Forest looked in control for much of the game, with new signings Thomas Lam and Apostolos Vellios both handed starts, along with 18 year old midfielder Matty Cash.

Apostolos Vellios - Everton on the benchApostolos Vellios started for Forest

While the two sides went into the break tied at 0-0, Forest took over in the second period, with Lansbury netting the opener with a deflected strike, before left-back Alex Iacovitti and Oliver Burke tied up the result - despite the manager making ten substitutions on 64 minutes.

Forest kick off their Championship campaign in a three weeks time at home to newly promoted Burton Albion.

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