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Maintaining our intensity

29 November 2018

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Aitor Karanka knows that his Nottingham Forest side must quickly turn their focus to Ipswich Town after the rollercoaster of Wednesday night.

After the 5-5 draw against Aston Villa, The Reds welcome Ipswich to The City Ground on Saturday and Karanka is keen for his players to stay focused.

The Forest manager worries that his side may be tired but knows that if Forest approach the game with the same mentality then they will be well placed to get a result.

He said: "I do worry. I know that everybody is very pleased; we are in the play-off positions and everyone is over the moon but we need to get back to reality.

"We play a very difficult game because after the game yesterday, looking at the table, everything is thinking that we will win the game on Saturday 2-0 or 3-0. If we go into the game with that mentality, we will be making a big mistake. I think it can be one of the most difficult games in the season."

Ipswich have found life tough this season and have hired Paul Lambert as their new manager as they seek to climb off the foot of the Championship table.

But their league position will not affect the way The Reds approach the game, according to Karanka.

"Ipswich, like every single game, will be a tough game," he said. "They will be desperate to win with the new manager and they will come here really hurt after losing yesterday when they were winning.

"We need to forget the good things that people are saying about us, to correct the mistakes we made and to keep the intensity and the mentality that we had yesterday."

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