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All-important progress

14 August 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased to see his side come through 'a typical cup game' as they beat Bury on penalties this evening.

The Reds had to battle hard to force spot-kicks after conceding an early goal and having goalkeeper Jordan Smith sent off but the manager was delighted by his team's spirit as they fought their way into the second round.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was a typical cup game. We obviously conceded the early goal and had Jordan sent off but the players kept believing right until the end and they were desperate to equalise. From there, we were just luckier than them with the penalties.

"I think we deserved to go through because we had chances to win even with ten men. Bury had a couple of chances on the counter-attack but I felt we deserved to progress.

"The players knew they had to approach the game with the right mentality but it was tough for them because of the early goal and the red card. The main thing for me was to see them play with a good attitude and I felt they did that right from the start."

Karanka handed debuts to new signings Sam Byram and Michael Hefele as well as academy graduate Ryan Yates and accepted that it was always going to take time for the side to find their feet.

He said: "I know it is difficult to put 11 new faces together on the pitch but the most important thing is that we're through to the next round and now we have to concentrate on an important league game on Saturday.

"We had to make a change at half-time to play with three at the back but the likes of Sam and Michael responded really well in their first game.

"We need to take the positives which are that we're on a good run in the league, we're through to the next round of the cup and a lot of players have got some important game time tonight. Now we have to take these positives into the game on Saturday."


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