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Looking for a positive finish

27 April 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is looking to round off a good week at The City Ground with another three points against Bristol City.

The Reds picked up all three points with a comfortable 3-0 win against Barnsley on Tuesday night and welcome The Robins to Trentside for the final home game of the 2017-18 season.

With Bristol City still chasing a play-off place, Karanka knows his side will have to be at the top of their game to send the Forest fans home happy.

He said: "It is good for us. If we had played the last four games against teams which are playing for nothing as the motivation would not be the same. When you play against teams that are playing for something, you have to respect the competition and play for the club and for the badge.

"Against Cardiff, we were better than them and deserved something from the game and then we beat Barnsley on Tuesday. We play Bristol City on Saturday and then Bolton next week and I want to win both games; it is our job and I want us to do our best.

"It is important to end on a high. It was important on Tuesday as we could enjoy a nice game; every game since I came here has been tough.

"The game on Tuesday was perfect to show the crowd that we are improving and tomorrow's game is a chance to show that we are taking another step forward.

"It is the last game at home this season and I am sure the crowd will be there supporting us as they have done in every game this season and also looking forward to next season."

Karanka says he will be making further changes to the side to give players a chance to impress him before the end of the season, but he is expecting a tough encounter against Lee Johnson's side.

"They are a good team, they are playing to get in the play-offs," he said. "It won't be easy but it is not a coincidence that they are fighting for that.

"Once again, it is about us and to try to win the game and give our fans a good performance on the pitch. It is important to say goodbye to the season in the best way.

"One or two players who haven't played a lot are going to play tomorrow, but it will not change the structure of the team.

"We could feel last Tuesday that players who were playing two or three months ago here, and playing when the team were going well, are now better for having that structure and shape in the team.

"I will change one or two players but we will still play in the same way."

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