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Building in the right direction

15 March 2018

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Aitor Karanka wants his Nottingham Forest side to continue building in the right direction as they get set to face Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Reds come into the game at Bramall Lane on the back of a six-game unbeaten run and Karanka is keen for his side to continue to defend well and also add goals to their game.

He said: "We knew that it was an important game [last weekend] and during the game the atmosphere was amazing. It was another example that we are going in the right direction. The crowd is enjoying it every day and we need to keep going to show them that they can be proud of this team.

"It is vital and it is important to keep a clean sheet, but also important to score goals. You need to work to defend to be compact and the more work you do on the training ground, the better you can play.

"The team is improving playing on the pitch and we are confident as we are not conceding a lot of goals. We know sometimes we will score goals and sometimes we will miss chances, but at least we are showing that we are a team."

The Blades have been performing well in the league this season after their promotion from League One, with Chris Wilder's side in contention for a play-off spot.

"It is a tough Championship game," Karanka added. "They are doing really well; the manager is doing really well after winning promotion last season. They are fighting for the play-off positions so they are confident. They won last Tuesday and will want to add more points but for us, it is another game and another step to keep going forward.

"Chris has done an amazing job, he was manager of the season in League One last year and for a promoted team to be fighting for the play-off positions is amazing.

"We have to approach the game in the same we that we do as any other. The last six games have passed and it is all about the present. Yes, we are unbeaten, but we need to look forward and look to finish as high in the table as possible.

"It would be good to go into the international break with our unbeaten run intact. Since the game against Burton, I am really confident and this is another game."

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