Nottingham Forest face a ‘really dangerous’ challenge when Ipswich Town arrive at the City Ground on Saturday, according to boss Aitor Karanka.

The Spaniard’s team drew 5-5 with Aston Villa on Wednesday night in a thrilling contest and his players return to home soil to take on the league’s bottom side.

On occasions in the past, The Reds have struggled to put the poorer sides to bed and must guard against complacency tomorrow.

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Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, the boss said that his team must avoid getting carried away with their recent good form.

He said: “I know that everybody is really pleased – we are in the play-off positions – but we need to come back to reality again.

“We play a very, very difficult game on Saturday.

“After the game on Wednesday, looking at the table, everybody thinks we have already won the game 2-0 or 3-0 on Saturday. Everybody is expecting us to win the game easily.”

Saturday’s visitors have won just once in the league all season and are rooted to the foot of the league.

In Paul Lambert, however, they have a new manager and their performance levels in recent weeks have vastly improved.

The results haven’t transformed for them as of yet but Karanka still expects a tough challenge.

He continued: It will be really tough, and especially really dangerous.

“They are the bottom team and haven’t won for a while, but for sure, they will be a very, very tough opponent.”

Forest face QPR, Derby County and Norwich City over Christmas and they will look to claim maximum points from home games with Ipswich and Preston North End.