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Karanka on Brentford trip

31 August 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says he prefers to face difficult opposition and hopes his side raise their game once again when they face Brentford.

The Reds have came out on top against Premier League Newcastle in the Carabao Cup in midweek and Karanka wants his side to rise to the challenge of facing an in-form Brentford side.

He said: "That is the aim this Saturday, to play in the league in the same way that we played on Wednesday. We will find a very good team, a team which is improving every year; Dean is doing a really good job there. The team plays really well with and without the ball so you can feel that every year they are improving.

"Dean has been working for a while there so it will be a tough game but we need to be ourselves and to play in the way that we know how to play.

"I think we prefer to play these kind of games, like against West Brom, Brentford tomorrow and against Newcastle, but at the end there are three points.

"Always it is about three points as we have to play against teams like Brentford, Newcastle and West Brom, but also against teams like Wigan and Birmingham.

"We need to adapt for every single game but I prefer to approach every game in the way we will approach it tomorrow."

Karanka admits that he isn't sure on his team selection yet following two tough games in the past week, and he will leave it until late to make a call on his squad for the game at Griffin Park.

He said: "I don't know yet because I need to speak to the medical department. We had a training session today and yesterday and we have played two games. The last game was really demanding so I need to check and know 100 per cent, I need the players to rest 100 per cent and then tonight or tomorrow morning, let's see."


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