Aitor Karanka: My trust and confidence is in the players

Now is the time to transform those performances into points.

Aitor Karanka

Head Coach Aitor Karanka has confidence that his players can get a result this weekend.

Blues welcome Coventry City to St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.

And the Boss is backing his team to carry the positive performances against Middlesbrough and Preston North End into the visit of Mark Robins' Sky Blues.

Speaking to the media via Zoom yesterday, Karanka told reporters how it has been another positive week at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre before reiterating the belief he has in his players.

He said: “To train with this group of players at the training ground is always good. Their work ethic is unbelievable and the atmosphere in the group is really good. It is a shame that these things are not reflected on the table with more points. This group of players deserves more.

“My trust and confidence is in the players. It is true we should have scored more goals and defended better at times, but I believe if we keep going and keep working hard, the results will come.

The Head Coach was then quizzed on his team’s form in front of goal and responded defiantly.

He told the press: “When you are not scoring goals it is a problem, but I would be more concerned if we are not creating chances. The difference is having the chances but not scoring the goals.

“I think sometimes it is a lack of luck. If you look at the games against Preston and Blackburn we didn’t deserve to lose. Against Coventry, we had two or three clear chances. It is true that we lost some games in a really painful way, but if we play like we did recently against Middlesbrough and Preston we are going to win games.

“Now is the time to transform those performances into points.”

Saturday’s game could also see a debut for Rekeem Harper and Karanka confirmed that the midfielder is in contention for his Blues bow after comfortably settling into his new surroundings.

He said: “He is doing really well. When you arrive at a changing room with amazing togetherness, and he is very good friends with Jonathan Leko, it is even easier for him.

“He is a young and really talented player. I am sure he is going to help us a lot.

“He will part of the squad this Saturday.”