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Karanka looking for a response

4 October 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is looking for a reaction from his players when they take on Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Reds gave away a two-goal lead against Millwall to draw 2-2 on Wednesday night and Karanka wants to see his side come out fighting against Tony Pulis's side.

He said: "I hope that the players will have a good response on Saturday from the game yesterday. They were really disappointed and knew that we could do better. The spirit in the team is still very good and they know that we can do better and that we have to do better.

"The training today has been good, the atmosphere has been good, knowing that they are happy but disappointed at the same time. It wasn't the same as one week ago when we had won three games in a row; they were happy because they are a really good group of players.

"They are hurting inside as they knew they could do better yesterday and for sure, they will have a good response on Saturday."

Middlesbrough is a team which Karanka knows well having managed at the Riverside for three-and-a-half years and he looking forward to returning, but coming away with three points.

"It is a really nice game for me, going back to the place which gave me the opportunity to start my career," he said. "There are a lot of good people who I want to see again, and I have a lot of good memories with them.

"I always look forward to it as they gave me the chance to start my career but everything has changed now and I hope to beat them on Saturday.

"They are really good, they have built an amazing squad and Tony has been there for almost a year. They have changed the squad completely and signed a lot of players, so playing one year under him with his personality, his knowledge and character is going to be really tough. But once again it is about us as if we play our best we can compete against anybody."

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