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A real team effort

3 March 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka praised the efforts of the club's staff and of his players following the 2-1 win over Birmingham City this afternoon.

The Reds were made to work hard for their three points by a battling Blues side and Karanka was hugely grateful to all the people who helped to make sure the game survived this week's big freeze.

He said: "First of all I want to say thank you to everyone at the club who worked so hard to get this game on today. Only five games in the Championship survived the weather so a big thank you to all the staff who worked really hard to make sure we played today.

"Also a massive thank you to the crowd as well. I think they can see the progression that we're making as a team and although it wasn't the best game, it was important for us to win at home. It has been a good day for everybody I think.

"It is another step for us. The attitude of the players was really good until the end of the game and we needed to make sure we got a positive result. The Championship is really tough and we had to work until the last minute of the game to get the victory."

Forest have now gone four games without defeat in the Sky Bet Championship and Karanka knows his players will face a difficult test when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Tuesday night.

"All I ask the players to do is to keep growing, keep progressing and learn from any mistakes they might make along the way. Of course that's much easier when you're winning games but we need to keep moving forward at Norwich on Tuesday night.

"We probably would have lost this type of game six weeks ago. The character of the side is different now, we're much more solid and we are scoring goals regularly. Now the key is to continue our momentum and keep that consistency going."

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