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Keeping our intensity

27 September 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka knows that his side need to keep playing with the same intensity if they are to continue their run of form at Blackburn at the weekend.

The Reds have picked up three wins in a week, with victories in the league against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham followed up by the Carabao Cup success against Stoke on Wednesday, and Karanka knows the importance of putting successive results together.

He said: "They are really important, in the same way that when you are not good and it is difficult to win games. In those moments it is important to even not lose those games, now it is important to keep going forward, to play in our style and intensity.

"I have said before that we look like a different team than against Brentford two or three weeks ago. Now we fight for every single ball, we have character on the pitch, we are consistent and we have intelligence and this is the way.

"We need to send the message to ourselves before anyone else in the league, that when we play with our intensity, style and consistency we have to forget the opponent. It is true, we will lose some games because it is impossible to win every single game but being ourselves will win a lot of games."

Blackburn have made a decent start on their return to the Championship and Karanka is expecting a difficult afternoon at Ewood Park on Saturday.

"It will be a tough game," he said. "They are a team that won promotion last season. They have an experienced manager, good players so it will be another recently promoted team that will cause us problems.

"I know that stadium is difficult, but once again we have to think about ourselves, about how good we are when we are the team we should be, and it is just to keep trying to play our best and keep the momentum going.

"They have been more or less the same as Rotherham and Wigan. They have all been very good at the start of the season and have that momentum. They were League One teams last season but this season they are competing really well in the Championship."

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