Date: 1st January 2019 at 7:00am
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It’s been a mixed end to the year of 2018 for Nottingham Forest as we’ve largely performed well in matches and were up there at the top of the Championship table fighting for the Play-Off spots even if every fan accepted that other sides had the advantage when it came to the automatic promotion spots.

The wheels fell off a touch with the capitulation against Norwich City as we blew a three goal lead and that didn’t get better with the defeat to Millwall last Saturday – it means we have only taken two points from our last five games and the media have done their best to stoke up the fire and pressure on Karanka with talk of him losing the dressing room in recent days.

Speaking to Sky Sports as we go into today’s New Year’s Day clash with top placed Leeds United, the gaffer has come out fighting.

“I don’t need to speak with anybody to know that I have to win every single game because my mentality is that since I was a player. As a player I knew I had to play better every day to keep my position on the team. When I started as a manager I knew I had to win every single game if I want to improve. I want to learn and I want to keep going so I don’t need anybody to tell me anything.”

It takes an optimistic fan to think our current form means we can get something from this tie but all sides will have a dip and we just have to hope this one is ours and we get back on the proverbial horse quickly so the media nonsense can stop.