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Reaction: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Blues 1

The players were really good, really consistent, really together.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka gave his reaction after Blues beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

Victory at Hillsborough elevated Blues out of the relegation zone and into 21st position.

And the Head Coach was understandably pleased with how his side reacted to a difficult run of results.

Speaking to the media post-match, Karanka explained how his side deserved the three points in South Yorkshire.

Talking through the game, he explained: "There was a lot of pressure on this game and the first 15-20 minutes we weren't as good as we were in the second-half. We played against a good team which has worked really well until the last second and created us a lot of problems.

"But we managed the game really well mentally to deal with the game, especially when you are playing against ten men and winning the game when you can think everything is done. The players were really good, really consistent, really together."

Sheffield Wednesday were reduced to ten men shortly after half-time when Liam Shaw was shown a second yellow card. But Karanka did not believe it was entirely decisive in tipping the balance of the encounter.

He said: "We were controlling the game before the sending off. In the second part of the first-half and the second-half we were controlling the ball."

The Sky Bet Championship clash was decided by Scott Hogan's 63rd minute goal and the Boss was full of praise for his number nine who also scored the winner in Blues' last win which came on the road at Middlesbrough.

Karanka said: "He is very good because he is confident and it is even better when you look at the bench and you have Jukey [Lukas Jutkiewicz] or [Jonathan] Leko and in a one or two weeks Sam Cosgrove. With Scotty, if I was waiting one month for him it means that he is a good player."

Attention swiftly turns to the visit of league leaders Norwich City on Tuesday night and the Gaffer is hoping his team can turn performances into more points in the weeks and months to come.

He said: "We have more than enough to stay, but our performances in the past games have not reflected the table. We were better than our past opponents, but we didn't win those games. Today we won the game which is the main thing. We have to keep trusting this group of players because they are more than able to stay [up]."

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