Aitor Karanka blames speculation over his future for Nottingham Forest’s first-half display at Millwall

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Aitor Karanka blamed speculation over his future for Nottingham Forest being outplayed and outcompeted by Millwall in the first 45 minutes of today’s game at The Den.

Ryan Tunnicliffe made an early breakthrough for the Lions.

The defeat only piles more pressure on Karanka, with reports rife that he is on the verge of being sacked.

Karanka said: “The way we approached this game and what happened in the last 24 hours, I was a little concerned with what happened to the players because the first half we were not ourselves.

“We didn’t play with our intensity. We tried to do things we don’t know what to do. We didn’t play.

“The last 24 hours it wasn’t the best atmosphere to prepare for a game. Maybe when I played 15 years ago you could arrive to this game without listening to anything. We already knew what was going on. I felt the players were a little bit down before the game.

“I hope we can recover quickly mentally because on Tuesday we have another challenge.”

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