Philippe Montanier says first team door is always open for Forest youngsters

Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke shoots at goal

Forest boss Philippe Montanier has said the door is always open to the first team for the club's young players after they impress against SC Braga

Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke shoots at goalNottingham Forest's Oliver Burke has already staked a claim for a first team spot, but will others follow under Philippe Montanier?

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has told the club's official YouTube channel that the door to the first team is always open to the Reds youngsters after they impressed in the club's 3-0 win over SC Braga.

Forest comfortably dispatched of the Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit, who finished fourth last season behind FC Poro, Benfica, and Sporting Lisbon.

The Frenchman fielded a number of young players in the win, including 18 year old Matty Cash who started the game, whilst bringing on a host of others in a ten-man substitution in the 64th minute - including Jorge Grant, Joe Worrall, Ryan Yates and Alex Iacovitti, with Anel Ahmedhodzic also entering the fray ten minutes later.

Jorge Grant - Nottingham ForestJorge Grant, who is 21, was one of the senior players to be brought on yesterday against Braga

The youngsters very much impressed during the game, adding two goals to Forest's lead after entering the field, whilst left-back Alex Iacovitti netted his first senior goal for the club by netting the Reds' second, with his strike going in off the post.

Matty Cash also looked assured in the centre-park, belying his eighteen years, whilst Oliver Burke continued to impress, showing off his electric pace to score Forest's third.

And Montanier certainly took notice, saying after the game that he was delighted with how they performed.

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2010-11-10T175051Z_01_PR14_RTRIDSP_3_SOCCER-FRANCE.jpgImpressed: Philippe Montanier

"Yes I am very happy for the young players.

"Sure for this moment we have squad very short, but it is a good opportunity for me to see the young from the academy because I don't know them, and yes, they worked, they are very focused about their work during all the week and I am delighted for them.

"It's important to show that the door for the first team is open

"If a young player has a good level with a good atittude, he has a chance to go into the first team

"For me, in Portugal is a good opportunity to see the quality of the young from the academy, and we have good young players.

"And I think if they work very well perhaps one, two or three can integrate into the first team"

Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn in action with QPR's Nedum OnuohaNottingham Forest's Ben Osborn is another academy product currently in the first team

Forest kick of their season in three week's time against newly promoted Burton Albion, but their next test will be a trip to Port Vale on Tuesday.

The Reds are expected to return to England today after spending a week in Portugal.

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