Karanka heaps praises on Grabban after Forests victory

first_imgNottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has heaped praises on Lewis Grabban after the striker scored a brace during the team’s victory over Bolton Wanderers.Karanka became the first Nottingham Forest to secure a win at Bolton since Brian Clough in 1991, as Forest recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at the University of Bolton Stadium.Grabban scored twice in the space of 19 second-half minutes having already missed his third penalty of the campaign, after Joe Lolley had opened the scoring for Forest in the 12th minute.“He was brave enough to take the ball,” said Karanka, as quoted by Sports Mole.“Even at 0-0 or 1-1, he would have taken the ball. He is a strong character and he trusts himself and for us it is important to have a player like him.”“I have thought about it (changing the penalty taker) but he scored so I have to keep trusting him. The main thing is he is scoring goals. It is important to have one player like him happy and scoring goals. His desire and spirit rubs off on the team.”LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)Karanka says Mourinho would have been perfect for a Madrid return Manuel R. Medina – April 23, 2019 The former Real Madrid assistant manager backed Jose Mourinho, saying he would have been just as good as Zinedine Zidane is.“We have a good opportunity with this group to do something good this season. From the first minute we played really well.”On the presence of Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis in the stands and on the training pitch, Karanka added: “I had met him a few times but it was important for the players especially when you are hearing the owner is supportive.”“It is nice to see him on the training ground and to hear his words and to know we are all together.”“We have a good opportunity with this group to do something good this season. From the first minute we played really well.”last_img

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