Video: Aitor Karanka on needing to fix confidence issues at home
Forest manager Aitor Karanka thinks the Reds have confidence issues playing in front of a home crowd at the City Ground and that it’s ‘not normal’ for Forest to be performing better away from home.
This comes after Forest lost 2-0 at home to Hull City in the Championship last Saturday (February 10).
In the six games in all competitions since Karanka took the helm, Forest have only won the one match away at Wolves and have lost all other five.
And speaking ahead of the trip to Burton Albion on Saturday (February 17), the manager thinks it’s ‘not normal’ for the club to be playing better away from home.
Karanka said: “We won against Wolves and, for example, against Fulham we played well and conceded a goal but our reaction was good and we could have equalised.
“I understand what’s happening at home but it’s not normal – away, we are playing better at home and I think it’s just a lack of confidence.
“But I’m here to get that confidence back again.”
Video: Karanka on how he intends to fix the confidence issue
Karanka explained how he intends to get the Reds confident again and takes responsibility for the lack of confidence at home.
He said: “I have to show them I trust them – it’s the only way.
“I think for me, it could have been easier to say it’s because of what the players were doing before I arrived but it’s not like that.
“If I am here, it’s because I am responsible for everything and I have to do the right things to change this.
“The best thing to do is to show I trust them every day on the training ground, during the games.
“They need to know I am here to help them because they are good players and they are really good people.”