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“The team went to the pitch losing 1-0”: Karanka keen to fix losing mentality after shock loss

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It’s not quite ‘reading the riot act’, but it’s pretty close to it all things considered.

And hopefully things can sort themselves out pretty soon, because our wait for a win is just getting longer and longer, and we need to get out of this slump pretty sharpish. Blues were dumped out of the League Cup yesterday by Cambridge United in a game that really didn’t offer much in terms of promise heading into the new season, especially off the back of a decent pre-season and the somewhat positive outlook.

Speaking after the game (via Birmingham Live), Blues boss Aitor Karanka was left in no doubt that things need to get better at St Andrew’s, and that he’s not strictly talking about the men on the pitch, but those in the dugout too:

“We need to do better, we need to improve and when I see ‘we’ I mean the coaching staff – not the players. We need to improve, we need to change the mentality or the feeling because I felt the team went to the pitch losing 1-0 and when we conceded that goal everyone was looking at the floor and thinking ‘another game we are going to lose”.

Where will Blues finish this season?

Top half of the table

Top half of the table

Bottom half but comfortable

Bottom half but comfortable

Relegation scrap

Relegation scrap

Well, now is as good a time as any to put those words into action.

Because with Brentford coming up next week, who are going to be smarting after the way their season ended and will be out for blood. So if we don’t start off on the right foot, not necessarily with a victory, but at the very least putting in a good showing, then you do start to wonder what kind of mental effect that will have on the team.

Something that by the sounds of it, Karanka is very much aware of given his choice of words, especially in that final sentence.

Well now I guess it’s time for him to put his money where his mouth is.

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  • Brian Taylor says:

    Any Blues fan could have told Karanka that the players were demoralised – certainly don’t need to be Einstein to see that. A small squad means players are guaranteed a place even if they are playing poorly. Very disappointed that Karanka allowed the team to get away with losing like that. He should be far more aggressive and kick backsides – being too soft will just exacerbate the problem. The same attitude against Brentford could mean a heavy defeat and set the pattern for the season. It is a new season – we have a new person in charge – some new players – why are we pre-occupied with the past??

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