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Karanka disappointed with Reds display

3 October 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was left disappointed that his side threw away a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 against Millwall.

The Forest boss admitted that his side had not been at their best and wants The Reds to manage games better.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I am disappointed because it was a game that we weren't playing well but we were winning 2-0. I said after the game on Saturday that we need to manage the games and we couldn't manage the game winning 1-0.

"Today, winning 2-0 at home, it was more important, especially to keep winning games at home and going forward and I am disappointed as we should have won this game, even without playing our best.

"If we had won today, I would have gone home with the same disappointment because we didn't play in the way that we have to play."

Karanka said that he wanted his side to play on the floor to counteract Millwall's direct style and he wants to see more from his side to improve and learn from their mistakes.

He said: "We win and lose as a team. We have to learn because we didn't play in the first half the way that we have to play. The plan of the game today was to play on the grass as we knew they play long ball, so the best way to stop that was to keep the ball.

"We couldn't and the game was flat at the beginning, I tried to change it with Gil and Cash in the second half but it was impossible.

"I told them before the game, I told them at half-time and a few times within the first half, and once or twice when we did that in the second half, we created problems and we scored. It is to keep going and when you look at the league table, a lot of teams are the same but for the future we need to improve and to learn."

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