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'Not Superman' - Aitor Karanka explains key Birmingham City substitution in Norwich loss

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 23/02/2021 23:32:32 Brian Dick

Aitor Karanka has explained his decision to withdraw Rekeem Harper towards the end of Birmingham City's 3-1 defeat to Norwich City.

Blues were drawing 1-1 and battling well against the Championship leaders when Harper was replaced by Mikel San Jose with a quarter of the game to go,

Shortly afterwards Teemu Pukki grabbed his second of the game and San Jose misjudged a bouncing ball in the build-up to the Canaries' third.

Karanka revealed that the 20-year-old was struggling after starting against Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday in the last week.

"He was completely shattered and he was having cramps," Karanka said. "I think this has been his third game in one week when he hadn't played the last year-and-a-half or two years.

"He is young but he is not Superman. It is good for him, three games, every single day he is better, more confident, he had to run a lot today.

"He had to read the game and he read the game really well because in that position you need to read the game.

"It is true that when you have players like Gazza and Ivan Sunjic running in front of you it is easier."

Karanka was far less happy with the decision to award Norwich a penalty, won by Todd Cantwell, taken by Teemu Pukki and saved by Neil Etheridge.

He continued his long-running grievance with officialdom this season.

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"Once again they told me there was an offside before the penalty and the fourth official today was the same referee who didn't see the penalty against Wycombe, the penalty against Bristol.

"In both games we received a letter from the referee's committee apologising, telling us we were right.

"We are lucky because we have Neil in goal and he saved us once again."

24. helmikuuta 2021 1:32:32 Categories: Birmingham Mail

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