Philippe Montanier: Nottingham Forest looked tired and in need of a break

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier
Philippe Montanier has overseen five wins in 13 competitive matches since taking charge of Nottingham Forest in June

Nottingham Forest look weary and need the international break to regain their freshness, according to head coach Philippe Montanier.

Forest ended a run of three losses with a 1-1 home draw with Fulham on Tuesday.

But they are still winless in five Championship games, six if the EFL Cup defeat to Arsenal is included.

"We need a break. We saw a game with a not very high tempo because I think the two teams were a little tired," Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham.

Forest have played six matches in 17 days but, because of the internationals, they have 12 days without a fixture following the trip to face Bristol City on Saturday, 1 October.

Montanier added: "The attitude of the team has been very good; we are not in a good moment but it was important to end this bad period after three defeats.

"I wait for the international break to get good fitness for all the squad."

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