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We need to be strong

18 October 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka knows that it is important to keep their strong home form going when Norwich City visit on Saturday.

The Reds are unbeaten on home turf so far this season and Karanka is looking for an improved performance from their last outing against Millwall at The City Ground.

He said: "It will be a tough game, they are almost in the same position as us. We need to know that we will need to play at our best to beat them. They are a good team with an experienced manager and once again, we have to go to the pitch to show to everybody that, especially after Millwall, we are a strong team at home.

"It is always important to show our fans, but it is more important to show at home how good we were against Middlesbrough, for example, than to remember the game against Millwall. Norwich are more like Middlesbrough than Millwall and that game was a bad day at the office.

"We need to be strong, I can't remember the last game that we lost here. We have to keep trying to win the games and to keep our crowd happy."

Karanka said that his side can't get ahead of themselves after going into the international break following a strong performance at Middlesbrough last time out.

The win at the Riverside Stadium boosted confidence in the Reds ranks but Karanka wants his side to remain grounded and to continue performing.

He said: "The international break works two ways, as we are really good after finishing the game against Middlesbrough; it was one of the best performances.

"But sometimes when you finish the international break, we knew we needed a reaction after the Brentford game and now we have to be careful because it is true that we have improved a lot, but we can't forget that Norwich will be a tough game on Saturday and we have to be ready.

"I hope that we can keep going in the same way. The players have been training really well and we have to transmit to them that it is a really important game and we have to forget the good things we did in the international break."

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