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Today players like (Maikel) Kieftenbeld and Muncie (Caolan Boyd-Munce) who hadn't played in the past were brilliant.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka's comments following his side's loss to Bournemouth at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium...

His thoughts on Bournemouth as a side...
"We came up against a very good team that have been working with the same style for eight or nine years and have been in the Premier League for the last six or seven years. We've only been here three months and we are still building and today we were missing players and we tried our best. Today players like (Maikel) Kieftenbeld and Muncie (Caolan Boyd-Munce) who hadn't played in the past were brilliant."

On his players' attitude and performance against an accomplished Bournemouth team...
"The most important thing today was the performance and the attitude and some parts of the game we competed against them. Conceding the second goal maybe killed us, and then we conceded another one just inside the second-half. But even at 3-1 down we were always trying to score a second goal."

On changing the formation of the side during the game...
"We started with three at the back because we were expecting them to play with three at the back, but they changed it. It's not the first time that when a team has played against us they changed their shape, and it means they respect us. When they changed it on the pitch we had to change it because we were having problems and then with 4-4-2 we were better and we had Riley (McGree) and Gards (Gary Gardner) on the wings and Scotty (Hogan) and (Lukas Jutkiewicz) Jukey up front and we were much better."

On the importance of Scott Hogan scoring his first Blues goal since March...
"It's always important to score goals and even more for the strikers. I knew that Scotty was a little bit disappointed with the lack of goals. But today it is perfect for him and for the team because the more players that score goals the better for the team."

Asked if he thought losing consecutive games could affect his players' confidence...
"No, the big mistake was on Wednesday against Wycombe because we should have won that game. But we can't lose perspective and we are still in a good position in the table. We've only been here for three months and we've brought a lot of players in and we will see in December, January or March that the team is going to improve. The main thing for me is the attitude and this team has a brilliant attitude. I don’t care who is playing because every single player gives 100 per cent. Now we have two weeks to work on the training ground."

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