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Another brick in the wall

17 March 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka praised his side's defensive resolve in this afternoon's 0-0 draw at Sheffield United.

The Reds had chances to take all three points away from South Yorkshire and the boss admitted after the game that he will now be challenging his players to turn draws into victories.

He said: "I think a draw was a fair result but we're a little bit disappointed as we had some good chances to score, particularly in the second half. We battled hard as a team in difficult conditions but the challenge now is to play as well with the ball as we do without it.

"We've got some very good attacking players in our team and sometimes we'll have games like QPR where everything goes in for us. The first job for us was to build a consistent and solid team, which we've done but now we have to move forward.

"I thought our defensive performance was really good once again but the lads know that they have to use that and build on it in the future. We look solid and tough to break down as a team but we have to work on taking our chances at the other end."

Forest now have a two-week break before they travel to play-off chasing Millwall on Good Friday and Karanka is looking forward to spending some much-needed time with his players on the training ground.

He said: "The international break will be really useful for us as it will give the players time to rest and then it will give us time to work properly on the training pitch and get ready for the final eight games of the season.

"To be seven games unbeaten is good but we can't think that our work is now done. Today is just another step in the right direction for us and we need to carry this form on after the international break and into the final eight games of the season."

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