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A deserved victory

24 April 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka felt it was a deserved victory for The Reds as they ran out 3-0 winners against Barnsley.

Goals from Ben Brereton, Lee Tomlin and Apostolos Vellios sealed a comfortable victory at The City Ground and Karanka was pleased for the players which came into the side.

Speaking after the game, he said: "The performance was good. It was the kind of game that we scored early on and then you could feel that everything was easier. The pressure was on them, fighting against relegation, but it was not the same as we played against Cardiff.

"You do not have the same quality if you are fighting against relegation than if you are going for promotion. On the weekend, we were better than Cardiff and lost but tonight we were better than Barnsley and we have won the game.

"When you are confident, and you don't have that pressure, you play like that. I am pleased for players like Mancienne, Lichaj, Bridcutt and Guedioura for example.

"Everyone can see that they are good players but it is easier to play when everyone is organised and you have a structure to work in."

A serious-looking injury to Juan Rafael Fuentes on his Reds debut just before half-time overshadowed proceedings, however, and Karanka said that he fears it could keep him out for some time.

"It was an easy game but the worst thing was the Fuentes injury," he said. "It was tough for everybody; I felt it in the players and I felt down myself. He was playing well, he was having his first chance to play and we will see what has happened but we are not optimistic.

"The game is almost in second behind what happened to him. We don't know how bad it is but we expect it is not good. He has gone to hospital and we will have to wait and hope that it is not as bad.

"He was doing well and he knew since last week that he was going to play tonight. He hasn't played for a while and I wanted to tell him to get ready and tonight is a shame. We have won tonight for him and we will try and win the last two games for him."

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