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A game of two halves

7 April 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said it was a game of two halves but two mistakes ultimately cost them in defeat against Middlesbrough.

Karanka was left disappointed with the first-half display but felt there were plenty of postives to take from the second-half showing.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I have two different feelings. The first half was awful for us; it reminded me of the game against Millwall because we weren't the team that we were three weeks ago.

"Then the second feeling is good as after half-time we showed a good overall reaction, we had more possession than Middlesbrough and they are a good team.

"They were defending for 45 minutes so I am pleased with the second half but we need to go into every game the way we played the second half.

"We did good things, but you can't lose games to stupid mistakes. We had more possession, they were defending and they finished with a central defender playing as a winger so we did well, but when you have a squad like they have they can find the difference."

Karanka knows that his side need to finish the season as strongly as possible to take some momentum into the next campaign.

"We need to play as a team," he added. "When you are in this situation, you are comfortable in the table, you can get complacent but with me it is impossible to be complacent as I want to win every single game.

"Winning these games will allow us to start next season in a good mood. We need to change the mentality we had in the last two games - against Millwall and today in the first half - and to go on Tuesday against Brentford thinking that we have to win the match."

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