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Proud of the team

17 December 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was proud of his side’s efforts as they earned a point with a goalless draw against Derby County this evening.

The Reds had the better of the play against their East Midlands rivals at Pride Park and Karanka felt they could have taken all three points back to Nottingham.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am pleased with the performance and commitment of the team. I said before the game that I wanted our crowd to come back home proud of the team, and I think they can be proud of the team.

"We should have won the game, we had the clearest chances in the game. We didn't start well but after 25-30 minutes we were much better than them. We controlled the game and I think it is a good way to keep going.

"We should have scored, especially the one that Lewis had at the end of the first half. In the second half Joe shot against the crossbar but today is a day to be proud of the team."

The result continues Forest's good form against the league's top sides and Karanka knows that The Reds will need to continue to improve and produce performances if they are to achieve anything this season.

He said: "We have competed against a good team like Derby. I said before that in the last few seasons they have been in and around the play-offs and we have been working together for just five months with 17 new players.

"We know that these kind of games are important and maybe we keep our concentration higher for 90 minutes as we know that if we don't, you can see that you can lose like last week.

"In these games, maybe we are more concentrated but the main thing is that we are competing against every single team. This is good for us, we are in December, the busy Christmas period starts and we need to be fresh and together."


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