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Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox claims he can’t understand why there has been criticism for the way Aitor Karanka’s side have started the season.

The Reds had won just one of their opening seven league games, although they did draw five, until back-to-back wins in their past two games lifted them to within touching distance of the top six.

However, in our poll, 76 per cent of Forest fans that responded felt the decision was harsh, despite the fact that manager Aitor Karanka recently confirmed that the club would not be appealing the sending off or the three-match ban that follows.

As well as that, Forest have progressed to the fourth round of the League Cup after three victories so far this season in that competition.

At the time, the feeling on Twitter about the decision to send off the Benfica loanee was split, with many Reds fans claiming that referee Darren England had got the decision right as Goncalves had gone in high on Stoke’s Tom Edwards.

And, Fox told the Nottingham Post that the side deserve more credit for how they’ve begun the season after a summer of major changes.

The majority of Nottingham Forest fans that answered our poll thought the red card that Diogo Goncalves received in the Carabao Cup win over Stoke was harsh.

“The perception seems to be that we have not had a very good start. That baffles me, to be honest – because we have lost one game in 12 so far this season.”

“I know a lot of them have been draws. But it shows the value of consistency because, while we were not always winning enough, we were also not getting beaten.”

The 32-year-old also called on people to have a different outlook when assessing the progress made in this campaign.

Forest are looking for a fourth successive win in all competitions when they travel to Blackburn later this afternoon.

This seems slightly over the top from Fox. There was criticism because people think Forest have a very talented squad that can compete for automatic promotion.

Therefore, one win in seven to start the season is not good enough, no matter if they only lost once in the same time, so it was justified to an extent at that time.

However, where he does have a point is that they are hard to beat and clearly Karanka needs time after a busy summer. Now, they are starting to understand each other as a team and there are reasons to be positive.

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