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Proud of our fight

17 February 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was proud of his side’s fight as they secured a point with a battling performance against Burton Albion.

The Reds were reduced to ten men early on following Eric Lichaj's red card but Karanka felt his side showed great determination to fight for the point.

Speaking after the game, he said: "We knew it was going to be a battle. I told the players that we had to fight like they would, and with ten men we were fighting more. I am proud of the players today, they were amazing. The players, the team and the fans needed a performance like that today."

The Forest boss felt the red card shown to American full back Lichaj was a harsh decision.

"I don't think it was a red card," he said. "But it is not a day to complain, it is a day to be proud of this group of players. We have been working all week and we have had difficult things, like on Tuesday we thought we could play with Worrall then he couldn't, and we had been training with Mancienne and then at the last minute he couldn't play.

"We started the game well then the red card. The reaction of the team has been brilliant, the spirit of the team has been amazing and I think it is a really good point.

"We played 70 minutes with Ben Osborn at left back, Tobias Figueiredo played his first game in England and I am proud of all the team.

"We could feel that, on the pitch with players like Ben Watson and Jack Colback, with those characters on the pitch it helps but I am really pleased as they showed me today that we are a good team."


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