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Philippe Montanier hails importance of Britt Assombalonga's brace

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga scores their first goal

The striker scored twice in Nottingham Forest's 4-3 win over Burton Albion.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga scores their first goalNottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga scores their first goal

Nottingham Forest picked up a win in their opening game of the season yesterday, in a thrilling 4-3 win over local rivals Burton Albion.

It was a tough game against the recently promoted side and, despite the fact they conceded three goals, Forest fans will have been pleased to see their team score four – something they failed to do throughout the whole of last season.

Two of those goals came from star striker Britt Assombalonga.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga celebrates scoring their fourth goalNottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga celebrates scoring their fourth goal

The goal-getter spent the majority of last season on the side-lines with a serious knee injury. He dislocated his kneecap and suffered ligament damage during a Championship game with Wigan Athletic in February 2015.

But he bagged a brace yesterday and his new manager Philippe Montanier was very pleased with his performance.

Speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport the Frenchman stated:

“It’s always important to have a good striker.

“It’s always important for the striker to score, especially Britt, because he worked very hard during the pre-season to recover his level.

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe MontanierNottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

“It is a good thing for him, and the team.”

Assombalonga’s goals for Forest were desperately missed by the team last term.

Prior to his nasty injury he had netted 15 goals in 32 appearances for Forest. He now has three in five since making his comeback in April.

If he can carry on performing at such a potent level, then Forest could be in for a very positive season indeed.

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