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Forest display delights Karanka

12 July 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased with his side’s performance as well as the result as they defeated Lincoln Red Imps 5-0.

The Reds kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a convincing win at their training base in Spain and the performance was a result of two weeks hard work according to the Forest boss.

Speaking after the game, he said: "Yes, it has been a very good two weeks working on the pitch and today was the first test. I was really pleased with the attitude in the training sessions but when you play a game is when you know how good or how bad you are.

"We showed that we worked really well and these kind of games, for me, the score is important but not the most important thing. The main thing for me is to add another training session to try and put on the pitch the things we have been doing on the training ground, and I am really pleased because the game was very good."

Matty Cash and Joe Lolley were on target for Forest as well as youngsters Jordan Gabriel, Virgil Gomis and Ryan Yates and the efforts of all the young players has impressed Karanka.

"They are training really well with us," he said. "The main important thing for me is that the veteran players, the medical staff, the kit man – everybody has said they are working really well with the team and they have integrated really well with the team.

"They are one more with us and it is important for us and especially for them and also for players from the academy because they can see and feel that the first squad are always following them."

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