Date: 15th February 2018 at 7:03pm
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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has said he will make changes to the starting eleven when we face Burton Albion this weekend following a disappointing defeat to Hull City at the last time of asking.

Having hosted Hull at the City Ground and come out of the tie with a two nil defeat, Karanka is determined to get a response from the group and with some of the individual performances on display, that does mean other players get the opportunity to stake a claim.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference yesterday, the Spaniard explained.

‘On Sunday when the players came in, the atmosphere was awful after such a defeat; nobody wants to lose games but on Tuesday they went out for training and I knew that they were ready for the challenge. We know that we have to win games, we know we can win games and we just have to do it on the pitch.’

Karanka went on to say he hadn’t fully made his mind up yet on who exactly would take to the pitch as he one or two positions still to consider.

‘I need to think about my team until Saturday. I have 90-95 per cent the team in my head but I need to have a think. A coach once said that after those kind of games, you want to change 11 players. On Tuesday you want to change six, on Thursday three then the following Saturday you will have the same team. But I will change something for sure, as I know that we need to change something. I hope that those changes will be good for the team.’

With a poor run of form continuing for the side, he also admitted it was paramount that we turned that form around quickly and got back to adding points and wins to the table and basically that means the team need to develop a winning mentality and quickly.

‘It is better to forget the position in the table as we need to win. I don’t care if it is Burton, Arsenal, Man City or Wolves. We showed that we could compete against Wolves, we showed 10 days ago that we could compete against Fulham but it is about winning games. It is about the winning mentality. I prefer to play good football, but if we don’t play good football and still win the game, that would be a good scenario.’

He added.

‘We need to start with the winning mentality, we need to approach games thinking that we have to win those games. Football is football, it is impossible to win every single game, but when you have the right mentality it is easier.’

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