Aitor Karanka has officially been the manager of Nottingham Forest for more than a year.

That shouldn’t be seen as such an achievement.

However, considering the last few years of off-the-field chaos at the City Ground, it most certainly is.

Dougie Freedman was the last manager to manage over a year in the hot seat, with his reign coming to an end in March 2016.

Despite speculation about his future over Christmas, Karanka’s position seems to be secure for the time being at least.

Here, Seat Pitch takes a look at five of the best performances produced by Forest under the management of the Spaniard. 

Wolves 0-2 Forest (January 2018)

The first glimpse of what could be achieved.

In comparison to the dismal display against Aston Villa a week before, this performance was more of what you’d expect under Karanka’s management.

Goals from Kieran Dowell and Ben Osborn ensured that the Reds ended the league leaders’ 13-match unbeaten run.

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QPR 2-5 Forest (February 2018)

After enduring a five-game winless run, this result came totally out of the blue.

The Reds oozed quality offensively throughout, something which hadn’t been the case for a very long time.

Cardiff City loanee Lee Tomlin was influential as he scored twice.

Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Ben Brereton also got themselves on the score-sheet.

 

Forest 3-1 Newcastle (August 2018)

The Carabao Cup has been highly criticised in recent times, but this arguably remains one of the most entertaining home games of the season so far.

It also showed a different side to the Reds.

They looked set to progress through to the next round of the competition before Salomón Rondón’s stoppage time strike.

However, Forest had the character to go straight back up the other end and score two more goals of their own through Cash and Gil Dias to secure a thrilling win.

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Forest (October 2018)

The stereotype of a Karanka performance.

Goals from Lolley and Lewis Grabban ended Boro’s unbeaten home record and moved the Reds into the play-off places before the international break.

It was a sign that Forest’s inconsistent start to the season might be coming to an end.

Forest 4-2 Leeds (January 2019)

With his position reportedly under serious threat, Karanka managed to pull a superb result out of the bag.

A five-game winless run had seen the Reds fall away from the play-offs.

However, this performance against the league leaders proved the players were still very much behind the Spaniard.

A brace from Jack Colback, as well as strikes from Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn saw Forest move back to within four points of the play-offs.

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With an important run of fixtures on the horizon, Karanka will be hoping that his side can pick up some more positive results over the coming weeks.