Birmingham news Blues' Aitor Karanka opens up about Scott Hogan subsitution MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aitor Karanka held his pre-Middlesbrough press conference and was asked about Scott Hogan's reaction to being replaced at half time against Manchester City
Breaking News ! Aitor Karanka has given Scott Hogan his full backing despite the striker’s recent struggles in front of goal. The Birmingham City head coach also addressed claims the 28-year-old had reacted negatively to being substituted in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City last weekend. Hogan was withdrawn at half-time last Sunday, with the score at 3-0 and Blues potentially heading for a humbling loss, the second time in consecutive starts he has been taken off after just 45 minutes. Karanka admitted that would have been hard to take for the forward, who has scored just twice in 16 games. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “Especially when you are a character Scott is, but he knows every single decision I take is for the good of the team and he knows the places [where] to be better on the pitch,” Karanka said. “I don’t have any doubt he is going to be really important. I said always I was waiting one month for him, I didn’t care about other strikers in the league because as soon as I knew he was available I wasn’t in a hurry because I wanted to bring him here.
. “I know he is going to play a lot of games here and he is going to score a lot of goals for sure.” There were rumours Hogan had reacted badly to being replaced at the Etihad - Karanka said: “I don’t know but it is completely understandable because no one player wants to leave the game. Sign up to our Birmingham City newsletter here “I don’t know but if he had that bad reaction, if someone who is leaving the pitch, especially when the team is losing has a bad reaction I think that is good because it means he is angry. It means that he cares, that he wants to play and wants to help.” Asked if that reaction was directed at him, Karanka said: “No, no.”
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