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Karanka hungry for home win

6 August 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says he is excited to be back in front of the home supporters against West Brom tomorrow night.

The Reds drew 1-1 in their opening game at Bristol City on Saturday and now Karanka is keen to put on a good performance for the fans at The City Ground.

He said: "It is the day that everyone has been waiting for since last season finished. The summer has been really good, the season tickets have been amazing, and it is the time to show them that we are in a good way and to show them that this season is going to be nice for everybody.

"My feeling is the same as theirs – excitement. I have felt since I have been here that the crowd was hungry to achieve something.

"In the summer with the business we have done, with the new ownership and with everything, I feel very excited for the future with them. I am one of them and I am really looking forward to this season as I think it will be nice for everyone."

Karanka is undecided on how his team will line-up as he debates whether or not to rotate the team which started at Bristol City on the weekend.

"I don't know the team yet as I don't know whether it is good to change players or to keep giving them games to build confidence," he said.

"Now, I am thinking to keep going with the same because they finished really well on Saturday. But I need to think about it today and tomorrow, because with this squad we can do whatever we want and that is a good thing."

He added: "Having these two quick fixtures is something that we knew about and is the reason why I wanted to have the squad as soon as possible.

"We are at an advantage because we have been working together for four or five weeks. I have enough players to play the same and to rotate the team. We knew it would be a tough August and it is not a problem for us."

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