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Reaction: Blues 2 Queens Park Rangers 1

I hope today can be a turning point because of the way we won the game.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka gave his reaction after Blues beat Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Kristian Pedersen and Alen Halilović gave Blues their first home win of the year after Charlie Austin had given QPR the lead.

The Spaniard spoke to members of the media following the match at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

And the Head Coach was understandably thrilled with the magnitude of the win, expressing how much it meant to everyone involved.

He began by assessing the match against Rangers and the relief at securing a maximum on home soil.

Karanka told the press: “It is not just the three points, obviously, they are three important points but the way that we won the game by coming back, losing at half-time, playing at home. After they scored the goal, I thought it might be like other days. We weren’t aggressive as we should have been to defend their goal. But after half-time the team were really good and really committed.

“I think it is a completely fair score and especially playing at home which is even more important.

“I hope today can be a turning point because of the way we won the game.”

The Gaffer continued to field questions from those in attendance and explained how he has always believed in his squad, very rarely feeling that they have let him down.

He said: “I have said always that it is important to look at the table but, in this moment, my biggest concern was after the Luton game. But other than that day, the team is showing me that I can trust them. Today, even more, because when I thought it might be another one of those days, they changed the situation, and the table is now completely different.

“It was proof that everybody is important in this team and the players from the bench to have the impact that they had today.”

Karanka also praised Halilović for both his winning goal and all-round contribution after being introduced from the bench.

He said: “Apart from quality, in this league, you have to work on the pitch. When you work as you should in this league, and you are a quality player you can make the difference – Alen Halilovic is an example.

“When he fights on the pitch like he fought today then there is no doubt about his quality. Now we are going to a part of the season where every player is important and if he goes to the pitch like he did today he will be massive for us.”

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