FORMER Celt Stefan Johansen piled the misery on Nottingham Forest’s new boss Aitor Karanka.

The Norwegian midfielder stroked home the second goal in Fulham’s 2-0 win at Craven Cottage for his side’s fourth successive victory to climb to fifth in the Championship.

Karanka, who took over from sacked ex-Gers gaffer Mark Warburton, has now lost four of his first five games in charge and the players have failed to score in six of their last seven Championship outings.

The Spaniard, however, remained upbeat and said: “I’m never happy when I lose a game, but I think this performance has been completely different to our last match.

“We can’t forget that we’ve played against one of the best, if not the best, team in the league and the performance has been good.

“This is a completely different feeling, a really positive feeling because the players showed me that I can trust them.”

Fulham Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic said: “We played a good game, we knew we were going to find it a tough opponent.

“We showed quality and patience, created some chances in the first-half. After the interval, we didn’t start so good.

“With some movement from the bench we started to play well.

“This is our sixth consecutive win at home, the sensation is good, but we need to be quiet, calm, show humility, keep working hard and be ready for the next game.”

The Londoners took the lead when Lucas Piazon fired in from 12 yards, before Johansen struck the second late on.


Meanwhile Hibs boss Neil Lennon is the latest guest on the CQN Podcast (listen below). Neil discusses his early life in Lurgan, signing for Manchester City and then Crewe, before Martin O’Neill entered his life when he took him to Filbert Street in 1996. His time under O’Neill at Leicester and then Celtic is covered extensively, as is his Celtic Park managerial career, which takes in the famous victory against Barcelona in 2012.


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