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I want that first home win

19 February 2018

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Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is desperate to get his first home win as manager and wants his side to achieve it against Reading tomorrow.

The Reds picked up a point with a goalless draw against Burton on Saturday, playing the majority of the game with 10 men, and Karanka wants his side to build on the positives from the stalemate.

He said: "It is another game at home. Since I have been here, I have been crazy to win that first one. The supporters were amazing against Burton, they understood the effort of the team at the end and it is now to perform in the same way that we did against Wolves, Fulham or Burton.

"Now we need to do it at home and I hope we can do it tomorrow.

"It is a tough game against a team which plays really good football. They want to keep the ball, to keep possession and they are a team which hasn't played for 12 days.

"They are well rested and we played on Saturday for 70 minutes with 10 men. It is a concern but I am desperate to win at home. It is about a good performance at home; the fans that have travelled with us can feel the fans fighting on the pitch and we need to show the home crowd that we can do the same."

Karanka was without several players through illness and injury on the weekend and will leave it late before making decisions on his starting team on Tuesday night.

He added: "Worrall had a problem in his knee and I hope that he will be with us as soon as possible. He is not fit for tomorrow and we need to assess Mancienne, Vellios and Murphy with a virus. Lichaj is out as well so I have a lot of players out so I need to know as soon as possible because tomorrow is an important game.

"I could play the same team, but I need to check everything. Playing 70 minutes with one player less is tough and I need to check that everyone is well. We have another game on Saturday and we have a lot of players who haven't played a lot recently.

"It is not just about how tired they are, it is about not taking risks with injuries so I need to check that and put the best eleven on the pitch."

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