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The fans deserve a good performance

8 February 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is hoping that his side will put on a good performance for The City Ground faithful when they host Hull City on Saturday.

Thousands of Reds supporters have travelled to support the team both at Hull City and Fulham in recent weeks and with the results not going their way, Karanka is determined to ensure that the fans go home happy on Saturday evening.

He said: "I think Saturday is a good game to go again together because even without winning games I am feeling the fans' support; the new players want to feel that support when they are playing at home.

"Again, it is a tough game; we need to try and get the crowds confidence back and I think they deserve a good performance.

"I want to have 11 or 14 players like the way we were at Wolves and Fulham where I felt our players fighting on the pitch. Now it is time do it at home because our crowd deserves it; we need to bring the crowd with us because they are really important to us."

Eight new players have arrived through the entrance doors of The City Ground this week and the Forest boss has been pleased with the contributions made by the new players already.

"The team is almost completely new and now is the first week that we've had to prepare as a group and I am really pleased because after a month we now have a better squad than we had at the beginning," he added.

"The main thing for me is that change was made on the pitch in the last game; everyone could see that the intensity was different, the commitment was different and the experience was different and I am really pleased.

"All of them are here because they wanted to come and they are coming here because they believe in this project, believe in this club and I am really pleased.

"They know they are here to help us to be as high in the league as possible. The most important thing for me has been the atmosphere that we have had at the training ground; you can hear players joking and shouting so it's completely different and I hope it reflects on the pitch."

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