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We kept believing

14 April 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was delighted that his side fought until the final whistle as they dramatically secured a 2-1 win against Ipswich Town.

Goals from Ben Brereton and Joe Lolley saw The Reds come out on top in a dramatic finale at The City Ground which Karanka felt was deserved for the fans' loyalty.

Speaking after the game, he said: "The only good thing is that we won the game. I was disappointed for most of the game, about 85 minutes, but in football everything can change in one second.

"The main thing today is that we won the game, we have another three points and the important thing for me is that I felt the crowd celebrating this goal.

"It was an important goal and the celebrations were amazing and it means that we are together and I am pleased for them."

Brereton's 89th-minute penalty ended a lengthy goal drought for The Reds and Karanka believes it can now help them kick on for the remainder of the season.

"It was about time!" he said. "In the first half we had chances and didn't score and on another day we would have scored earlier, but the main thing is that we believed until the last second and now we have four games to play in a comfortable position.

"We have to keep going and we have time to try things for the following season and for the players who want to stay here. We can't relax but I will look at changes. I have players on the bench or outside the squad who deserve a chance and want to prove that they deserve to be here next season."

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