Karanka plans to re­pay loyal fans

Nottingham Post - - SPORT -

AI­TOR Karanka says he will con­tinue to work hard to make Not­ting­ham For­est fans “proud” of their team – af­ter see­ing the club notch up 21,000 sea­son ticket sales.

The land­mark was reached on Satur­day, prior to the Reds’ 1-0 win over Read­ing, in front of a packed City Ground crowd.

Karanka says he is pleased For­est will have such im­pres­sive lev­els of sup­port this sea­son – and hopes to re­pay fans with per­for­mances on the pitch.

“I am re­ally pleased for the club and, when I work ev­ery day, it is for them (the fans),” said Karanka.

“Since I ar­rived here, I felt that there was re­spect and I said in my first press con­fer­ence that I wanted to show the crowd how good we are; how com­mit­ted ev­ery­one is to this club. I am re­ally pleased to make them proud of their team.”

For­est were not al­ways at their best against a well or­gan­ised, de­ter­mined Read­ing side.

But a goal from Hil­lal Soudani was enough to se­cure three points and Karanka says it is vi­tal For­est still got the job done, de­spite not al­ways reach­ing the heights they had done, per­for­mance­wise, against Bris­tol City and West Brom.

“It is im­por­tant be­cause it is im­pos­si­ble to al­ways play to the same level we did on Tues­day. It is im­pos­si­ble,” said Karanka.

“So it is im­por­tant that, when we had the ball, we played re­ally well. We had played three games in a row so we were not com­pletely fresh. But when we did not have the ball, at least we were or­gan­ised.

“I think that is vi­tal in the Championship. Now we must keep grow­ing, we must keep be­liev­ing and we must keep en­joy­ing it.

“I do not know (if we de­served to win). But we de­served to win against Bris­tol and we de­served to win against West Brom – and we did not win. This time we have won the game, we have kept a clean sheet and we have taken three points. Let’s look for­ward to the game on Tues­day.”

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