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Karanka on QPR defeat

22 December 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was disappointed with his side’s attitude in the 1-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

The Reds lost out at The City Ground thanks to Toni Leistner’s first-half strike and Karanka was critical of the way the players approached the game.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I think we started the game thinking it was a friendly game or a training session. We didn’t approach the game in the way that we have to. We knew the mistakes we made against Ipswich, we had to play in the way that we know how to play especially when you relax or don’t play your best in the Championship, it is impossible to win games.

“In the first half and part of the second half, I think we were playing a friendly game or a training session because they didn’t care. I don’t know why. If I knew why I would have done something at half-time or earlier.”

Karanka introduced Daryl Murphy and Karim Ansarifard from the bench in an attempt to bring his side back into the game but ultimately it ended in defeat.

He said: “I thought that we were going to have a good reaction and after five or ten minutes, we didn’t have that reaction. I had to change it, I couldn’t do any more offensive substitutions than what we did.

"But we have to forget this as soon as possible and know that if we go into games in this way it will be impossible to win games.

“It is difficult to understand, especially the attitude of some of the players on the pitch when they should be the opposite – they should be committed and supporting each other and today nothing happens.”

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