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Karanka on Oldham draw

21 July 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was disappointed with his side’s display as they drew 2-2 with Oldham Athletic this afternoon.

Karanka felt that his side lacked the required concentration levels from the offset as Matty Cash and Lewis Grabban goals saw the game end all square.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I was expecting a tough test and I told them before the game that we would be playing against a League Two team but everything was going to be different to what it was in Spain.

"In Spain, against one team not as good as us like Lincoln Red Imps, then we played against Betis and Malaga and we played really well. But today, I told them that the game would be completely different because these kind of teams are not as good as them but they were going to fight much more than them.

"I told them at the beginning of the game but it hasn't been heard because I was watching the warm-up and I could understand that something was wrong. The concentration, especially in the first half, hasn't been good and sometimes it is good to have games like today to realise that every single game is going to be difficult."

Karanka was pleased, however, to see Costel Pantilimon and Joe Worrall gain their first taste of match action this pre-season and says he will make changes for Wednesday's game at Scunthorpe.

"Yes it is positive, as both needed to play games," he said. "Worrall has been out for three or four months and needed to play; he is young and has a very good future. Costel, after he arrived two weeks ago, he needed to go to the pitch. Today, he played 70 minutes and let's see if he plays again another 70 or 80 minutes on Wednesday and Saturday again.

"On Wednesday, for sure, I will play the players who haven't played today. I decided to do two teams like I did in Spain. Today, they had a chance to show me how much they want to play and I told them two or three weeks ago that they will tell me the players who are ready to play.

"Now, we have another test on Wednesday and I hope that we play that game in the way that we finished this one."


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