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Building that loving feeling

1 March 2018

Manager Aitor Karanka is hoping to put a smile on the faces of the Forest supporters at The City Ground against Birmingham on Saturday.

The Reds put in a brilliant performance away to QPR last weekend and he is keen to ensure the home fans witness a strong performance and result.

He said: "It is important to build some momentum. The game is at home; I would like to bring that loving feeling back to the crowd. I said after the Reading game that they deserve a good performance and a result at The City Ground and hopefully on Saturday we can do it.

"The fans have been so important and even with one win in the first six or seven games, the fans have been so supportive with me. We need to try and reflect on the pitch how good we have been away from home, especially in the last game.

"I said since I arrived that we need to move forward together and the only way I can convince everybody is to work hard every day. I am feeling the team together on the pitch and I am sure we will improve and grow and I am really positive about the future."

Karanka knows it will be a difficult test against a Birmingham side which has struggled so far in the Championship.

Steve Cotterill's side arrive at The City Ground having lost their last four league outings, but Karanka is aware that The Reds can't be complacent.

He added: "Sometimes these kind of teams come here and play their best as they know they are not in a good position. We have to look at us and if we play the way we are playing, and the players enjoy it on the pitch, we should do well.

"It will be tough. They need to win games in their situation. We need to win, especially at home, so let's see. We need to do our job, go onto the pitch in the way we have been on the training ground and for the win at QPR and be ourselves."


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