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Team spirit salvaged the point

18 August 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased with the spirit of his side to keep battling to the final whistle and secure a point against Wigan.

Hillal Soudani's late strike secured a point at the DW Stadium but the Forest boss wasn't happy with the overall performance.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I think the main thing was the point and the spirit of the team until the last second. I said that we didn't play well last Saturday but I think it was impossible to play worse than we did in the first half.

"I told them that it will be a similar game to the one last season that we played against Millwall. Wigan have the momentum from promotion and they are really strong.

"We have to keep going and we can't forget that we have been working together for just one month or one-month-and-a-half. Even without playing our best or when we play bad, we don't lose the game and that is the main thing.

"Players who were on the bench or who weren't playing are going onto the pitch and they are changing games so it is positive. We need to keep going and create that momentum."

Karanka wants his side to continue picking up results and put in performances to match to ensure that his side start to build some momentum in the league.

He said: "It is difficult when you are preparing for the game and you tell them that we have to be careful, and you remind them of the game against Millwall when they scored one goal early and another 30 seconds later.

"We were leading the same story and it was difficult to understand but we need to keep going and keep fighting.

"Wigan were in League One last season but they have a very good group of players, a very good manager and they are confident.

"We have to create that momentum as if we do and with the players we have, we will win a lot of games."


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