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Squad competition will make us better

1 February 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is expecting a reaction from his side when they take on Fulham on Saturday.

The Reds suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Preston on Tuesday night and Karanka knows that with the additions to the squad yesterday, competition for places will only hot up.

He said: "You can imagine, after how I felt last Tuesday and that we were looking for a reaction from the Hull defeat, now I am expecting a good reaction.

"The players know that they can't sleep as there is not just another 11 players ready to play, but more who are crazy to play. I hope that the attitude is good, at least, from all of them then on Saturday we will start to build everything.

"Fulham are one of the best teams in the league, they have a very good manager who knows the league. It is going to be a tough game but I don't care about them or any opponents.

"It is about us, for us to grow and we have a lot of tools to keep working and it is important to start with a winning mentality. We need to go into the games thinking we can beat anybody; if we can beat Arsenal, we can beat Wolves 10 days ago, then it will help us."

The Forest boss was pleased with his January transfer window business, bringing in seven players while six players left the club permanently or on loan.

"It was busy, as to bring a lot of players in and send a lot of players out wasn't easy," he said. "But I was really calm as the club had been working really well behind the scenes.

"I am really pleased but it was not a surprise for me. When I came here I said I was calm, and I have been calm about it. The game on Tuesday was confirmation of what I had been thinking about and we were ready to work on it.

"We had been working for three or four weeks, but after the game on Tuesday we really started looking at it. I think it has been a really good 24 hours.

"The new signings have to realise where they are. I was embarrassed about what happened on Tuesday and I understood the fans that left. Now, I think the fans realise we are going in the right direction.

"It is not going to be easy, this is a tough league but we have to build the squad and the foundations to be successful."


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