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Aitor aiming for a good run

18 September 2018

Aitor Karanka believes Nottingham Forest can go on a good run of form and string some results together to climb up the table with their upcoming fixtures.

The Reds welcome Sheffield Wednesday to The City Ground tomorrow night in a busy run of games which sees them play on Trentside three times in a week.

Karanka knows that they will have their work cut out against The Owls but he is confident that they can produce a good performance to get a positive result.

He said: “It will be a tough game. They are in a good run; they have won three and drawn one in their last games. They have a good squad, I know a few of the players and they have an experienced manager.

“But we are playing at home and it will be good for us to take one step forward and reflect our performance from last Saturday in front of our own crowd.

“I am calm because I know the run will arrive because of the way the players are working, the way they are in the changing room and the togetherness. Also with everything around the club, I am sure the run will arrive.

“The last game here was against Newcastle which was a long time ago. Now we have three games in one week. That is the Championship but we have to be ready and the main thing for me is to play in the same way at home that we do away.

“I think the game against Swansea was a good start as it was the first game that we played really well away. We have played better games at home so I am really confident for the game.”

With three home games this week, Karanka said that the fans can play a big part in helping Forest pick up six points in the league and make progress in the Carabao Cup.

“We are playing at home and at home, except for the game against Birmingham, we have done well,” he said. “It is just to do the same that we did against Swansea, with the confidence that we are playing at home. If we play in that way, we can win both games and it will be important.

“The fans are really important. They were against Newcastle, even when the stadium wasn’t full. The people who are coming here are always with us and supporting us, and for that reason we beat Newcastle in the last minute, and the reason we equalised against Birmingham and beat Reading without playing our best. They are our twelfth player.”


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