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21st Feb, 2018 | 2:51pm

Karanka delivers confused verdict on 'difficult' Nottingham Forest first half v Reading

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka was not at all pleased with his team’s opening 45-minute display against Reading in the Championship on Tuesday night which ended 1-1.
It was a poor first half at the City Ground for the Reds that was compounded by an Omar Richard goal for the visitors in the 35th minute.
Costel Pantilimon could only swat away a Chris Gunter shot on the Forest goal but his attempted clearance landed at the feet of Richards who opened the scoring for Jaap Stam’s side.
Reading were much the better side.
A rejuvenated eleven emerged onto the pitch for the second half and the Reds eventually got the reward their play deserved in the 85th minute when Lee Tomlin found the back of the net to earn a point.
Despite pushing for a winning goal it was not to be and the Reds are now without a win in 12 league games.
The manager now wants to see more performances from his players like the second 45 minutes at the City Ground and urged the fans to recreate the same atmosphere going forward.
Speaking in the Nottingham Post, the Forest boss said: “I cannot understand why we played in the way we did in the first half but in the second half, that was the game I want to see in every match.
“It can be difficult for me to understand why we do not do that from the beginning, when we have done it in the second half.
“I am delighted with the second half performance, but not with the first one. We need to go to the pitch in every game in the way we did in the second half.
“I could enjoy a game at home, in the second half. In the second half, the atmosphere was amazing. That is the atmosphere I want to have in every single game at home.”
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