Saturday 25 May 2019

'We must improve'

Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka admitted Nottingham Forest can - and must - improve after he watched Aston Villa condemn his side to a 1-0 defeat at the City Ground in his first game in charge.

An 18th-minute header from Scott Hogan was enough to secure a win for Steve Bruce's team, who were far more comfortable than the margin of victory suggested.

Sam Johnstone only had one meaningful save to make in the Villa goal, as Kieran Dowell tested him late on. But that was as close as the home side came to an equaliser, as an organised, resolute defence, marshalled well by John Terry, largely held firm.

Former Boro boss Karanka, who began work on Wednesday after succeeding Mark Warburton, believes his new club are capable of better than they demonstrated on a frustrating evening.

"This was our first game and, for sure, we need to improve. There were positive things, but obviously not as many as we would like," he said. "This was our first game and there was a lot of expectation, following the win over Arsenal. We have a lot of potential, but we are young and we need to improve."

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