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Positive performance despite result

3 February 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased with the performance of his side despite the defeat against Fulham.

The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage this afternoon but Karanka felt his side fought for each other and it was a stark improvement from the defeat against Preston on Tuesday.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am never happy when I lose a game but the performance was completely different from last Tuesday.

"We didn't have much time to prepare for the game with all of the new players and we can't forget that we played against one of the best teams in the league.

"The performance was good, we competed with them for 70 minutes and had good chances to score first, and when they scored we had chances to equalise. But two mistakes penalised us once again.

"Today was a completely different feeling. I am positive for the future because the players showed me that I can trust them."

Karanka handed debuts to Jack Colback and Costel Pantilimon, while Adlene Guedioura returned in the red shirt and Ashkan Dejagah and Lee Tomlin made their bows off the bench.

The Forest boss feels his side need time to gel after the late flurry of additions on deadline day but he was pleased with their input into the game.

"The most important thing is the attitude today," he said. "The crowd could see 11 players working and fighting together, even without much time on the training pitch together.

"I knew that when Jack was available it was a nice surprise. He is a player that wanted to come here and he showed that he is a good player. He can be important for us and he, along with the other players, can make us much better.

"It will take time for the players to blend together, but the main thing for me is the attitude. If they work like that, the goals will arrive."

Karanka knows that The Reds now need to take this performance into the week's training and for the visit of Hull City to The City Ground next Saturday.

He added: "We need to look to the future and take the performance from today into next Saturday at home in front of our own crowd. That is the main aim, to show that we can win games at home, that we are going to fight together and this is the only way.

"We will use the next week to work together but the main thing was the performance today. They were really good together, strong together, and this is the way. When you are on the pitch with that attitude and you have the quality that we have now, then for sure we will win games."

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