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Everybody can feel our improvement

22 November 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka believes that his side can continue to improve as they make the trip to face Hull City on Saturday.

The Reds go into the game off the back of a productive two weeks on the training pitch during the international break, a period which has pleased Karanka.

He said: "It has been a really good break. As I said after the last game, we had time to work on the pitch and also rest a bit, especially mentally in the first week. Then we have had five days to work on the pitch which is very good for us. You have to take advantage of this time in the international break to work.

"The way that the players approach training every day is amazing, and not just the players who are playing. Even the players who have played less minutes can be the best on the training ground, so it is good because they know that these kind of weeks are important for us."

He added: "We are on a good run, we are improving and I think everybody can feel our improvement. We have to keep going and working in the same way to win as many games as possible.

"Now, we do not have another break or time to rest. We need to know that we now have three or four really tough months, with December, Christmas, January, the transfer market and everything.

"I have said always that the game on Saturday, then Villa is the most important, then Ipswich and Preston. We have to take it game by game."

Karanka is expecting a difficult match at the KCOM Stadium and knows that Hull cannot be underestimated.

"It will be really tough," he said. "I think it will be a similar game to what we had against them last season in the cup and in the league. We can't be fooled by the table; they have very good players and if you look at their team player by player, they have a very good team.

"I think their position in the table is not a reflection of how good they are. They should be in a better position and they are improving. Their last three results have been very good so it is a tough, tough game."

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