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Karanka confident ahead of Blues' visit

23 August 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said his side are confident as they get set to welcome Birmingham City to The City Ground on Saturday.

The Reds snatched a late draw at Wigan last weekend and Karanka knows that his side have learned from their mistakes in previous games when they take on The Blues.

He said: “I know what we have to do but we are optimistic as we are unbeaten, with six points on the table and we are playing at home.

“It is difficult to win games, even when you play well like we did against West Brom and when you play badly. We are able to at least not lose games and have the character to score in the last minute like we did against Bury and against Wigan. It is to be positive, a lot of things are coming so we keep going.

“It will be a tough game. They haven’t won yet but they are a good team with an experienced manager despite him being young.

“They lost on Wednesday and I can understand their frustration, so it will be a game that everybody will want to win.

“We need to go to the pitch in the way we did against West Brom and Reading, knowing that we are a good squad, we are confident and I hope that we have learned from the mistakes we have made and are improving.”

Karanka says he may tailor his team selection on Saturday to match the opposition but he has plenty of options to choose from all over the park.

He said: “I need to think about ourselves and think about who the best players will be to play on Saturday. I need to think about the opponent a little bit, but not a lot as I prefer to think about us, but you need to look at the opponent.

“The things you have planned, like play with 11 players against Bury then mix them in with the best players from the Reading and West Brom games, then with the sending off it changed everything.

“This week we have had all of the week to work and I will put the best eleven on the pitch.”


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