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Millwall 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Aitor Karanka defiant after Forest lose at Millwall

Ryan Tunnicliffe puts Millwall ahead against Nottingham Forest
Ryan Tunnicliffe's acrobatic first-half strike was his second goal of the season

Under-pressure manager Aitor Karanka says he wants to stay at Nottingham Forest for "many years" and will work to continue to strive to bring Premier League football to the City Ground until he is told otherwise.

A 1-0 defeat against lowly Millwall - courtesy of Ryan Tunnicliffe's overhead kick - means the Reds have lost three matches in a winless five-game run.

The Reds wasted a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Norwich on Boxing Day, adding to mounting speculation that Karanka, who guided Middlesbrough to promotion from the Championship in 2015-16, will lose his job.

But Karanka's side are still only three points adrift of the play-off places.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham that "almost nothing surprises me in football" when asked if he had discussed his future with the club's hierarchy.

"The only think I know is that when I signed, I signed on a two-and-a-half-year project and I am building a squad to take the first step," he added

"I arrived to a project as I did in Middlesbrough with two and a half years to try to do the same. I will work my best, be honest and try to put this club up where it belongs."

There was plenty of support for the Spaniard from the 2,220 fans who travelled to south London, but they saw their side begin slowly and trail to Tunnicliffe's stylish overhead kick inside 10 minutes after a half-cleared corner.

Forest improved in the latter stages of the first half and began to dominate possession, but they lacked guile and good chances were rare.

Joe Lolley forced a decent save from Lions keeper Jordan Archer and Matty Cash shot just wide, while Jack Colback and Lolley both went close after the interval.

Millwall, whose six league victories have all come at home this season, only threatened sporadically with a deflected Jed Wallace the closest they came to adding to the lead.

But they survived with few serious scares to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

Nottingham Forest fans
Forest fans gave good support to their manager at The Den

Karanka said: "I am really pleased with this group of players and with the crowd and I want to say thanks for their support. I want to keep going together.

"I am really pleased because you can win or lose but the fans support. I want to make this crowd proud of the team and I think they are.

"After six months we are only three points below the play-off positions. We have played the top teams and in January we have the transfer market and the team is improving every week.

"We compete against every single team and I am really positive. My target is to work here for many years. Why I signed is because I had a project in front of me."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"We got the job done. The noise in the stadium was outstanding.

"We got the early goal and we were terrific in the first half. We played in really good areas, created chances and looked a real threat every time we went forward.

"We could have been better in the second half - especially with the ball. But I think the other day [Wednesday's win over Reading] took a lot out the legs of the players.

"We look a lot healthier with two victories in a short space of time. I've said to the players that it's great what we've done in the last few days, but it must be followed up by finishing this Christmas period off well."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forKaracanat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 28LeonardBooked at 15mins
  • 11Ferguson
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forMorisonat 72'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forO'Brienat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Amos
  • 20Morison
  • 21Karacan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 25Wallace
  • 26Skalak
  • 27Brown

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 44Hefele
  • 4Fox
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 81mins
  • 24YacobBooked at 31minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 56'minutes
  • 6Colback
  • 23Lolley
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forGrabbanat 65'minutes
  • 14CashSubstituted forJankoat 64'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Grabban
  • 8Watson
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
  • 43Appiah
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
15,273

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shane Ferguson (Millwall).

Booking

Jem Karacan (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall).

Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jem Karacan (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jem Karacan replaces Jed Wallace.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Steve Morison (Millwall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Saidy Janko.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Tom Elliott.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Aiden O'Brien is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban replaces João Carvalho.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Saidy Janko replaces Matthew Cash.

Delay in match Tom Elliott (Millwall) because of an injury.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442241851
2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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