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"We were more like ourselves"

15 September 2018

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased with his side's display in this afternoon's 0-0 draw at Swansea City.

The Reds turned in a much-improved performance in South Wales, only missing the finishing touch, and Karanka was happy to see his players put in a display which showed their true abilities.

He said: "I think it was a really good game to watch - except for the two managers. It was an enjoyable game between two very good teams but we seemed to have it under control both with and without the ball.

"This is the type of performance that I want to see in every single game because if we keep playing in this way then we'll win a lot of matches. It's always concerning when you're not in front after 60 or 70 minutes but I thought we handled the end of the game really well.

"Physically, we kept running until the very last second to try and score the winner and it's a shame that we couldn't get it. With this squad though I don't mind because I know we will score goals and win games."

Forest seemed to benefit from the recent international break and Karanka admitted the challenge for his players is to show an increased level of consistency, starting with Wednesday's game at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

He said: "Obviously to win the game would have been better but it was important that we showed character and desire, particularly after the Brentford game. The performances against Birmingham and Brentford were not a true reflection of our capabilities but today's was.

"The two-week international break was really good for us as it allowed us to speak with the players and try to figure out what was happening. Everyone agreed that we have to play in our style and with a higher level on intensity and we certainly did that today."

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