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The push for victory

9 August 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says only three points will do from Saturday's meeting with Reading at The City Ground.

The boss has been delighted by the performance levels in the first two games of the season against Bristol City and West Bromwich Albion but insists his side must now turn promise into points.

Speaking this afternoon he said: "We are confident of course but the most important thing is to win games. We've played two very good matches so far so we need to play in the same way but we have to take the three points. We cannot keep saying we've played well but not won the game.

"I've analysed the game from Tuesday night and the first 75 minutes were amazing so it was shame that we couldn't get that second goal. If we had got that all-important second goal then I'm convinced that we would have go on to win the game.

"Now we have to keep going and keep the same level of concentration for our third game in a week. It is always difficult when games come at you so fast but we must try to play in the same style and make sure we come away with all three points."

The Royals make the journey up to The City Ground hoping to bounce back from and opening-night defeat to Derby County but Karanka believes his men have to concentrate on their own game and not on the oppositon.

He said: "Reading are a strong side with a good manager but it is all about us. If we play at the same intensity then we are able to win every single match we play. Of course, no game is an easy game but we are confident and prepared to win.

"Sometimes taking your chances comes down to confidence and momentum. We know that if we continue to play in this way then we will score many goals and win many games and that is the target we are setting ourselves.

"Everyone is fit for the game including Joe Worrall who is now back training with us again. The team selection for Saturday will be a difficult one for me as the players who came in on Tuesday played very well but it is a good problem for me to have."

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