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Pride in the shirt

19 April 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said the pride of playing for the club should continue to drive the players on in the final few games.

Victory over Ipswich Town last weekend all-but sealed The Reds safety in the Championship and Karanka admits that he may make changes but will respect the integrity of the competition for the trip to face Cardiff City on Saturday.

He said: "Nobody wanted to repeat what happened last season, and the player's faces said that as well. Now it is different, we have four games left and we are not 100 per cent safe but we are pretty much there.

"Now it is time for us to keep going, to win every single game and to also give opportunities to other players.

"The main thing is that we are playing for the club. You can go into the games thinking that you are playing for nothing, and those players shouldn't be here. You are always playing for the club and for the badge and now the players have to show me who has the winning mentality and who wants to stay here.

"I hope to give opportunities to everybody but we will also respect the competition. We prepare for every game in the same way and Cardiff is no different."

Neil Warnock's Bluebirds are in the hunt for promotion and Karanka knows that his side will be in for a tough game in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

"It will be a really tough game," he said. "They are playing for automatic promotion and I know how tough those games are in that situation. They are playing with pressure but they have an experienced squad with a very experienced manager.

"Now, these are the kinds of games that when you are playing for nothing, you are excited and the team can play without pressure and show how good they are."

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