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Keeping the intensity

11 January 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says his side must keep up their level of intensity when they take on Aston Villa on Saturday.

The new Forest boss spoke to the media for the first time this afternoon and knows that The Reds must maintain their levels of performance when Steve Bruce's side visit The City Ground.

He said: "The result on Sunday can be used to build momentum but you also have to be wary that the team don't think because they beat Arsenal they can just turn up and beat Aston Villa.

"They have to realise that to play against Villa, they have to fight with the same intensity as Villa are a good team and another big club. The players know they will have to fight at least to the same level that they did on Sunday.

"I will need to get to know the players more but the main thing is all about the attitude on the pitch. With the right attitude they beat Arsenal and if we play with that attitude then we will do well."

Karanka recognises that the match is symbolic of the strength of the division but is determined to get his rein in charge off to a winning start.

He said: "It is the kind of game that you can find in the Championship; two former European Cup winners playing in the Championship. I think this is the only country where you will find that in the second tier.

"It is a big game against a big game but it is our first step and I would like to get the win in my first game."


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