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Going all out for the win

5 May 2018

Aitor Karanka said his Nottingham Forest side will go out to win the game against Bolton on Sunday with their opponents threatened with relegation.

In the last match of the season, Bolton seek the three points which could preserve their Championship status but Karanka knows his side must respect the competition and other teams in the division by playing at their best.

He said: "Our focus is on trying to win the game. Some people ask me how can I find motivation for a game like the one we have on Sunday, but it is easy as firstly we are playing for the badge.

"Secondly, the support we will have in the stands. The people who are going there are paying for their ticket, they are travelling there so we need to respect them and do our best for them.

"Thirdly, it is also important for the competition. We need respect the competition as if I was the Barnsley manager, the Burton manager or the Birmingham manager, I would like to see Forest win the game."

The Reds go into the clash at the Macron Stadium free from any pressure but Karanka admits it has been a tough fixture to get ready for given how much of a say Forest can have in the relegation battle.

He said: "As you can imagine, it will be a difficult game and not an easy one to prepare for. I have to try to win the game, for the reasons I said before. We are playing for nothing and they are playing for their lives.

"It is not going to be a nice Sunday but we have to respect everybody and try to win the game.

"We want to go into the break with all of our work done and that we did our best against the teams playing for something. I want to finish the season winning the game as it is the best way to go into the break."

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