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Karanka more concerned about defeat over Blackburn than his position

Sun 03 January 2021 | 9:06

Aitor Karanka is not worried about his own position in jeopardy and fumes about not getting the two penalties his side deserved following their 2-0 loss to Blackburn.


have had five consecutive losses in the Sky Bet Championship as well as eight home matches which puts them 18th on the Championship table, sitting close to the relegation place.

Blackburn Rovers

’ striker Adam Armstrong met the back of the net 10 minutes into the game and Bradley Dack went on to secure the three points for his side.

I am completely calm. I know why I came here, I know where the club was, I know where we want to be and I am really, really calm,

” said Karanka.

And I know if we can bring one or two or three more (players in), we have to do it.

“I am doing my best, the team in terms of effort is doing their best so I am not concerned at all


Birmingham head coach

Aitor Karanka

was furious when his side was denied a penalty when Ivan Sanchez was fouled by Amari’i Bell. Karanka also believed Birmingham must have been given a spot-kick after Mikel San Jose was pushed.

I have seen both of them back. They were clear but when you see the penalty decisions we have suffered, it’s difficult to understand,

” said Karanka.

I don’t know if it’s the referees or the committee, but the lack of respect to this club and to these players is amazing. Every single game there is something against us. Once again something that is not in my hands has changed the game again.

“When you’re due a decision at home and your confidence is not good and you should have a penalty, but 20 seconds later you concede a goal, it’s difficult to take.

“Two penalties for us but we got nothing. I don’t know if it’s a lack of respect or someone has something against this club or against me, but it’s the same.”

Tony Mowbray

, Blackburn’s head coach, revealed his side has been struggling with injury and COVID-19 which would make the match not par.

I was quite annoyed in the dressing room at half-time – that was probably the worst we’ve been for a long time,

” said Mowbray.

The question that hangs over football is how many Covids (players who have tested positive) do you need before you call a game off?

“We have some Covid issues, but someone needs to tell us the criteria. When we ask the question, we’re asked if we’re socially distancing – we are – we received an exemplary pass, and yet we’ve picked up some Covids.

“But the players don’t live in the training centre, they go home and see their missus, then go shopping. You can catch it at the petrol station and the supermarket.

“We had maybe eight injuries here, two Covids, when can you call it off? Two, supplemented by the eight injuries, should be enough. We are very transparent and tell them how it is. Maybe we should ‘play the game’ a bit more.”

source: SportMob
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