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Reaction: Blues 1 Coventry City 1

We tried to win the game in the second-half and we wanted the three points.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka was pleased with his side's determination to keep pushing against Coventry City at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

The Sky Bet Championship encounter ended level on Saturday afternoon with the two club's sharing the points for the second time this season.

Jeremie Bela put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot with Gustavo Hamer pegging Blues back before the interval.

But the Head Coach was encouraged by how his team responded to the setback and came close to winning it late on.

Speaking to the media post-match, Karanka praised his side's character to go again and not let previous results knock their confidence.

He said: "We tried to win the game in the second-half and we wanted the three points. We had chances at the last but we could not score the winning goal. 

"We scored the goal but then weren't as good. The things that have happened in other games started to happen again.

"In the second-half we had a good reaction to look for a second goal and the team was hungry wanting to win the game."

The Boss was also asked about the contributions of Bela and Ivan Sanchez, with both causing problems throughout the afternoon for the Sky Blues defence.

And Karanka concurred with the general consensus, whilst urging his forward players to keep striving for more.

He explained: "I am more pleased with Jeremie [Bela] and Ivan [Sanchez]. We should deliver more balls into the box. It is something we are trying to correct on the training ground and then on the pitch. Their character and commitment is really good."

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