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Focus on Forest

18 January 2018

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Aitor Karanka said that his side must focus on their own game when they travel to Molineux to take on Wolves on Saturday.

The Forest boss is expecting a tough match against the league leaders but knows that his side will need to concentrate on their own game than be overawed by their opponents.

He said: "The fixtures are there and it is Wolves this week, last week it was Villa. We need to forget the opponent and focus on ourselves. To grow, we need to think about us and think we can get a result on Saturday.

"If we go to Wolves thinking about them being top of the table and how hard it is going to be, then we may as well stay at home. I haven't come here to stay at home. I have come here to win games and to do that as soon as possible.

"We need to go there thinking that we can win the game. For me, as a manager, it would be impossible to convince the players that we can win if I don't believe it myself. I am sure that we can do something against Wolves but I know that it will be a difficult game."

Karanka has had his first full week in charge and believes that has enabled him to get the way he wants to play across to the players.

"We have had the whole week to train and now I know the players better, they know me better," he added. "Their intensity is good and it has been good to have the whole week to train as this is a long journey and it is good to keep going step by step.

"We need to improve our intensity and organisation. They are a good group of players who play good football but we need to improve on those things as in modern football, if you don't play with intensity it is difficult to win games."

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