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Using home advantage

31 December 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is looking for his side to put in a good performance at The City Ground tomorrow and get the victory against Leeds.

The Reds have lost on their last two outings on Trentside and Karanka is looking to get a win against Leeds which they were cruelly denied at Elland Road earlier in the season.

He said: "We want to play better than we did away, because it wasn't enough and we want to be ourselves. We play in our stadium with the supporters who have been amazing this season.

"Even in the last two games, when we were bad and not good enough to win the games, they were supporting us until the end so I think we need to be better than we were at Elland Road and we have the advantage of being in front of our crowd.

"I think the game was a motivation to play against them again. We were so close to the win and now, playing at home, it will be good knowing that we were close to winning that game, to try to win the game here.

"It is a good opportunity for the players to show that we are not the team which played the last two times at home. Everybody knows that we are not that team. We have to try to recover our confidence and to try to beat them."

Karanka is hoping that The Reds can rise to the occasion of playing in front of a sold-out City Ground and the television cameras.

He said: "We know that we have to try to win tomorrow. We play against one of the best, if not the best, teams in the league.

"We said the same thing when we played against Norwich; everyone knows that we have to try to beat them and everyone knows that we were close to beating them a couple of months ago.

"It is always good to play against these kind of teams. They are the kind of games which should encourage you and bring out your best.

"It is on TV, everyone will see us once again; since the season started, when we have been on TV or played against the top teams we have done well and competed against all of them, and I hope tomorrow will be like the others."


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