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Fighting as a team

6 March 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka felt that his side showed great fight to come away from Carrow Road with a point.

 The Reds put in a solid display in the goalless draw and Karanka felt the whole side battled as a team to shut out the hosts.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It wasn't the greatest game but it is another game where we have kept growing and improving. We've had chances to score and win but you know if you can't win the game then you should at least take a point and a clean sheet.

"Seven of the players out there tonight haven't played much football over the last few months so they looked a bit tired towards the end but they showed they wanted to fight for the team and get us a point.

"If we'd had a couple of wingers on the bench then we could have won the game. We had a lot of space on the flanks in the last 15 minutes but unfortunately we couldn't quite take advantage of that. It is a good point though and another game to build on.

"I am really pleased as even when we are not at our best, it shows that the team is fighting together and they look like a team."

Karanka knows that his side must recover well ahead of the next game against Derby County on Sunday at The City Ground.

He said: "It is important to have a good recovery. The players will be in tomorrow, they will have Thursday off because they need to have a break as the last couple of weeks have been really tough for all of them, not just physically but mentally.

"We can recover and focus on Derby as I know how big this game is for everybody. To go into that game with the unbeaten run is great for the confidence."

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