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A reflection of our improvement

24 February 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka felt today’s performance against QPR was a reflection of the continuing improvement of his side.

The Reds were superb in their emphatic 5-2 victory at Loftus Road and Karanka was purring over their display.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was an amazing game. I told the players before the game that today should be a reflection of the improvement of the team.

“Last Saturday we did well with ten men, I felt improvement there and then on Tuesday I felt more improvement and today was the perfect mixture. We were organised, we were aggressive and that is the way that we can win games.

“I am pleased for the players as they deserved it and I am pleased for the fans as they have been with us and enjoyed today.

“This is the main thing now, to build on it. This season is to try and build that winning mentality. That is what we need to do to build towards the following season. When you have that mentality, things are easier.”

Lee Tomlin scored twice, Joe Lolley and Matty Cash got off the mark for The Reds and Ben Brereton ended his goal drought, much to the delight of Karanka.

He said: “Tomlin made the difference but without the rest of the players it would have been impossible for him to play. It is about the team.

“We need to keep going and thinking about us. When you know the manager, you know the style, it is easier. I am really pleased because Lee is a player who sometimes creates doubts about him, but with me he is playing really well. But I need to keep him calm as I know him!

“It was important for Brereton and for Cashy to get their goals. They are young players, and when ten players arrive they could lose their confidence but for them it has been the opposite. Ben today and Cashy as well, I am pleased for them."

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