Aitor Karanka: We have to keep going

I took a lot of positive things.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka has previewed Blues’ game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

Blues play their second home match of the week in the Sky Bet Championship as they go up against one of the division’s in-form teams.

QPR come into the matchup having drawn 0-0 away to Preston North End on Wednesday night, 24 hours earlier Blues were beaten despite a strong performance against the league leaders, Norwich City.

And speaking to the media via Zoom from the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Karanka knows that his team can take plenty of plus points from the clash with the Canaries.

Reflecting on the midweek encounter, the Boss was not dwelling on any negativity associated with the outcome.

He said: “It was a very positive game and just a shame we could not at least add one point to the table. Even just one point would have given us a big boost to keep going when sometimes we were even better than Norwich.

“It is the reality of the season, but we just have to keep going and I took a lot of positive things.”

Karanka - when asked by the press - continued to highlight the impressive elements of the display versus Daniel Farke’s men, hopeful his team can carry these into this weekend’s match.

He added: “We were really good when we had the ball and aggressive when we had to press them high. We were really organised when we had to defend a little bit deep.

“We did almost everything good and conceded just one goal and chance in the first 60-70 minutes and created a lot of chances. When you create a lot of chances against Norwich and don’t allow them to create those chances, I think you are doing your job.”

The 47-year-old, whilst keeping his cards close to his chest, also offered an assessment of Rangers after watching their meeting with Preston.

He told reporters: “I thought they were a little bit lucky, their 'keeper was good against a good team in Preston. I don’t want to say that they are playing for nothing because they are seven places below the play-off positions, but it is not the same as when you are thinking about relegation.

“They are confident and in a good run and with these things then you are lucky. We are not in that run, so we have to work harder.”

Blues’ head coach went on to give an injury update, explaining that Sam Cosgrove will be away for another week to ten days and providing some detail behind Ivan Sanchez’ withdrawal on Tuesday.

He explained: “Ivan could not train yesterday, and he has had treatment today (on his groin). We will have to see tomorrow because I don’t want to take a risk as we have another game on Tuesday and then the following Saturday. I want the players on the pitch to be 100%.”