As Newcastle look to avoid three defeats in a row, Philippe Montanier is looking to make it three wins in a row.

Impressive away wins at Ipswich (2-0) and Barnsley (5-2) have lifted Nottingham Forest spirits and their place in the Championship.

With only seven points separating 14 clubs, Forest could end up top half if beating Newcastle United.

However, speaking ahead of the match, Philippe Montanier was full of praise for Friday’s opponents, saying that Newcastle are the best in the Championship with the ‘best attack and one of the best defences’.

The Forest head coach accepts ‘it is a tough challenge but we are excited for it’.

Maybe a lesson for some Newcastle fans as well, with Philippe Montanier declaring ‘You have to be clear and not panic when you have a bad result…’.

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

“I would like to be prudent. If you lose two or three games it is dangerous as you can move towards the bottom, but if you win three games you can reach the top 10.

“We need a positive result on Friday and we can do it. You have to be clear and not panic when you have a bad result, and if you have positive results you also have to be clear and focus on the next game. We have been working hard and the results are always a consequence of that hard work.

“For me, Newcastle are the best team in the Championship.

“They have the best attack and one of the best defences.

“They have won a lot of games and are a good team with a good manager. It is a tough challenge but we are excited for it.

“It is always a good challenge when we have to play against the best teams. It was important to win the last two games to play against Newcastle with more confidence.”