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Reaction: Huddersfield Town 1 Blues 1

I think it is a good point and a good performance.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka gave his reaction after Blues drew with Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

Having trailed to a Fraizer Campbell effort, Blues restored parity and went on to have the better of the closing stages without finding a winning goal.

Despite this, the Head Coach was satisfied with his side's performance away from home.

Speaking via Zoom to members of the media at both the John Smith's Stadium and operating remotely, Karanka outlined what pleased him from Tuesday night's display.

The Gaffer told the press: "Everybody could feel [nerves] but not fear because we weren't afraid about this game as we are in a good run. We wanted to win the game and had more chances than them,  especially the last one with Scott [Hogan] to win the game.

"We were losing but had a good comeback. For us, it was a good game and in the past, we would have lost that game. Now we are better, we have a point and are keeping them close to us in the table. I think it is a good point and a good performance."

Karanka was also delighted by the swift reaction of his team to falling behind. 

He said: "[If we go behind] we nearly always have a good reaction. When we are speaking about mentality, it is not a problem. Every time we concede we have a very good reaction. Today, they scored and the reaction was very very good. We then had more chances to win the game."

The Spaniard continued in his assessment of the fightback, highlighting the all-round efforts of Marc Roberts, as well as his crucial goal.

"[Marc] Roberts is the kind of player who is a pleasure for a coach," said Karanka. "If you look at his face you don't know if he has made a mistake or scored, if he is playing or not playing his attitude is perfect. For a coach, to have players like him in the squad is really good."

The 47-year-old then explained why he made three changes to the starting XI with the busy fixture schedule continuing on Saturday against Barnsley.

He said: "I felt that Gary [Gardner] and Scott [Hogan] were really tired after the last games and the games now are not just demanding physically but mentally and in terms of concentration so it is difficult. I have very good players on the bench that can play and that was the reason. We have another game on Saturday and I have to check them all to see who starts."

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