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I understand the frustration

10 February 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka understood the frustrations of supporters this afternoon as his side slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Hull City at The City Ground.

The Reds haven’t won at The City Ground in two months and Karanka talked about the pressure now facing his players.

Speaking after the game he said: “It’s difficult to understand and again we have to keep going.

“I understand the crowd’s frustration but again I am confident. We have made a lot of changes in the last few weeks and we played today with almost the same team against Preston.

“They need to manage the pressure because it isn’t easy to play in this situation; I came here to win games and be successful and I won’t stop until that day.

“We started well, in the first five to ten minutes we did the things that we did in training in the week but then we made a mistake. We got over that mistake with Costel’s save and then from the following corner we concede a goal and from that minute the game was over, we were completely lost.”

That is now four straight defeats in all competitions and the Forest boss was quick to take responsibility, but is determined to turn things around.

He said: “We need to recover some confidence and I am responsible for everything because I am the coach and I am sure that one day we will play well and we will win.

“Now I have to try and pick the best eleven and the players who can manage the pressure; the players who even in the worst moments want the ball and want the responsibility because this league is extremely tough.

“To play at home in this situation is not easy; it is fair that everyone criticises me because I am responsible, today has been difficult for me again today but I am sure I will change this.”

The Reds travel to Burton Albion next week and Karanka’s focus is to start winning games.

“I don’t look at the relegation zone or the play-offs, one month ago someone was asking me about the play-offs and now they are asking me about relegation.

“It is all about the next game and the main thing is to try hard to be the team that we have to be and to win games.”


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