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We had an amazing attitude

28 April 2018

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Aitor Karanka was pleased with his side's attitude as they played out a goalless draw against Bristol City in their final home game of the season.

The Reds had plenty of chances to win the game, including Lee Tomlin missing a second-half penalty, but the Forest boss was happy with the commitment of his players to put in a good performance.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am really pleased. We are playing for nothing but we knew that today was the last home game of the season and we wanted to finish in the best way in our stadium.

"I don't know how many chances we created and we had a penalty. I gave opportunities to different players and their attitude has been amazing and I am really pleased as this is the way that I like to finish the season.

"It was a very good first half and then in the second half we had the penalty, but I am really pleased with the attitude of everybody as it is not easy, especially for players like Bouchalakis as he has not been playing.

"The players who had not been playing, I am really pleased for them as they are playing well and taking those opportunities and now I have plenty of decisions to make."

The biggest cheer of the day came when Chris Cohen came on as a late substitute for his final appearance for the club, which Karanka said was a fitting send off for an important player for the club.

He said: "It was important as I know how important Chris is here and how much the fans like him. I asked him if he wanted to play and I know, because I was a player, that the best way to say goodbye is on the pitch.

"Today, him coming on was the nicest thing as he could say goodbye on the pitch and I could feel how important he has been for this club and if we want to build something, we need to go together.

"Chris is one of us and he will always be one of us and we have to go forward together."

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