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Late leveller doesn't dampen Karanka's spirits

7 August 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was 'pleased and proud' of his side following the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Adlene Guedioura's 59th-minute strike wasn't enough to earn The Reds all three points as Matt Phillips levelled with three minutes to play and the manager felt his men deserved to take victory in their opening home game of the season.

Speaking after the game he said: "Frustration is probably the main feeling after that but I am pleased and proud of the performance. I said before the game that West Brom are a very good team but we were better than them and we should have won the match.

"We had chances to score in the first half and after our goal but once you don't get that crucial second goal, you can get penalised for one mistake against a quality side. I need to be optimistic though because if we play the way we did tonight then we'll win a lot of games this season.

"We've been training well since the start of pre-season and that is why I wanted to get all of the business done before the start of the season. We've been working together as a group for five or six weeks now and have shown how able we are to play really good football."

Guedioura produced a Man of the Match display with one goal and an almost outstanding second and the manager was quick to heap praise on his midfielder.

He said: "I've known Adlene since I arrived in the Championship during his time at Watford. Last season I saw he had a real lack of confidence but now he is a completely different player and he is the player I knew three years ago.

"I told him at the end of last season to go away, have a good rest and come back as the player we know he can be. The fans love him here and you can see now that he is confident and enjoying his football along with his teammates.

"We feel like we've increased the quality in the attacking positions but we can't forget that we haven't won this game. We have to take our chances and make sure that we win the games we deserve to win."

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