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10 April 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was left frustrated that his side could not convert their chances as they fell to defeat against Brentford.

He was pleased with the way The Reds played though and feels there are plenty of positive signs to take into the remaining games this season.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am frustrated as because we played at home, our fans have seen a good team which created chances. We hit the crossbar, the post twice, we possibly could have had a penalty and we have done almost everything but, again, it is one mistake that has lost us the game.

"It is the third game in the row and a mistake that we have to fix. I hope we can play in the same way on Saturday and in that game we won't make mistakes and we can win a game at home. 

"We have to keep working, we have another game on Saturday and we will play in the same way. We will win games doing that and I can't say anything bad today as the players gave everything."

A host of chances came and went for Forest, with Ben Brereton, Adlene Guedioura and Lee Tomlin all hitting the woodwork.

Karanka feels that the missed chances are not down to a lack of confidence, but rather that the luck didn't fall their way on the night.

"I don't think it is a lack of confidence," he said. "It is other things but it is better to look at the good things. We have played in this way and we have created chances to win the game.

"Sometimes it happens like against QPR when we score five goals, and then today we should have scored two or three. We need to keep our confidence as the players did everything today.

"We can't do anything more. As a coach, I have tried to play 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2, three at the back, 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 - the players have tried to do everything so it is about trying to finish as soon as possible and look forward and be positive.

"We have another five games to play and we need to finish as positively as possible."

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