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We need to do better, we need to improve, and when I say ‘we’ I mean the coaching staff - not the players.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka's comments after seeing his side narrowly beaten by Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup First Round tie at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium...

Aitor Karanka asked if he was disappointed with the manner of the goal Blues conceded...
"I am disappointed with the result, with the whole game because I think we could have done better. It’s true I could say they didn’t create a chance, we have been here for just four weeks, we didn’t have the full squad but I don’t like excuses. We need to do better, we need to improve, and when I say ‘we’ I mean the coaching staff - not the players. 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’. If you go to the pitch thinking you are going to lose and you concede one goal, you will lose for sure. We need to work especially on the training ground to improve and get better."

On how Cambridge deserve credit for their performance and win...
"Of course they deserve credit for their work ethic and intensity. All the balls into their strikers were a fight for our central defenders. They’ve been working together for a while and their manager has done a really good job. All credit and I wish them all the best because they showed they are a team. And I think that it’s the first step to be successful when you have a team on the pitch

His thoughts on Adan George's debut...
"He did well, he is 18-years-old and for me the most important thing is when a player tries his best - and he did. I prefer a player who does his best but he misses chances, it’s not his best day but at least he tries more than someone who is much, much better but who doesn’t perform 100 per cent. Adan today and against Tottenham it was difficult for him, or when he played against Charlton, he tried his best and when he has that mentality he will improve."

On Adam Clayton's impact after coming on a second-half substitute...
"I would have liked to put him on the pitch from the beginning or for the second half, but I have to be careful because he hasn’t played for a while. I want him for 45 games not just for one or two. With him the team will improve for sure because of how he commands the team and how confident he is with the ball. In the years I had him at Middlesbrough he was one of the best midfielders in the league and he is still one of the best for sure."

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