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Karanka pleased with Reds' commitment

5 January 2019

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was pleased with his side’s committed display despite their FA Cup exit against Chelsea.

The Reds lost out 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the third round but Karanka was pleased with the way that his side competed against Chelsea after a busy schedule.

Speaking after the game, he said: “They were too good but the main thing for me was that the team, even in the last minutes when we were losing 2-0, they played like they normally would on the pitch and we tried to press them high. We tried to play but Chelsea are a very good side.

“It was difficult because today was the fifth game in two weeks and most of the players have played all of those games, so you can imagine how tired they are and not just physically.

“We finished the game against Leeds really tired and had another one against Chelsea but they were trying until the end.

“I tried to change something tactically in the second half and we started to play, but the goal made it even more difficult. Today is a day to take the good things, to know that we have a committed team on the pitch.”

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