Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka says his side’s clash against Leeds United on New Year’s Day is one of the reasons why he loves being involved in football.

Karanka’s side have lost three out of their last five games and are winless since their 2-0 win against Ipswich Town in early December.

Leeds, on the other hand, suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Hull City at home in the Championship, but still have three-point lead at the top of the table.

Nottingham Forest and Leeds played out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road back in October as the Whites had to rely on a controversial late Kemar Roofe goal to salvage a point.

Karanka pointed out that the Reds were as good as Leeds in October, if not better, and feels a clash against Leeds at the City Ground in front of a big crowd is something to get excited about.

“We were almost better than them at Elland Road, a few months ago”, Karanka was quoted as saying by the Nottingham Post.

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“So playing at home against them, at this time of year, in front of a big crowd – this is the kind of reason why I love to be involved in football.

“They lost to Hull, which I don’t know if is good or bad – but we will think about ourselves."

The Reds will hope to end their winless run come Tuesday, and stop their free-fall in the Championship table.