Aitor Karanka insists he will continue trying his best to turn round Birmingham City’s fortunes.
Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at lowly Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening and have now won just one of their last ten games.
Results elsewhere saw them slip to one place above the relegation zone but the Blues’ head coach remained defiant in the face of social media criticism.
“Step away me? No chance. No, no, no. I came here again, I am not finding an easy job but again it is nothing that I didn’t know,” Karanka said.
“When you have players like them that are committed, a CEO and everybody as committed as here, I have to keep going and to show because now I am the reflection of the changing room.
“If I am strong, the changing room will be strong and we are strong together. In my life, most of the times when something is not going well, the people, especially the players who are not experienced need support. So we have to do our work.”
Asked if he was worried about the supporters’ reaction to him he said: “No, because I came here to do my job, in the same way I went to Middlesbrough and to Forest. Everybody was concerned and at the end of the day I did my job.
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“I came here six months ago, I knew difficulty I was going to have here and I am just living day by day those difficulties.”
As Blues got on top in the second period Karanka made only one enforced substitution – after Marc Roberts’ 87th dismissal.
George Friend came on but two strikers, new signing Sam Cosgrove and Scott Hogan, remained unused.
Karanka explained why: “These kind of games you need to be really, really concentrated on the pitch and even on second lack of concentration can be dangerous.
“We were going to be fighting to the last second and one mistake of concentration could have been difficult for us.
“I felt that the players weren’t tired, they were really committed and concentrated and I didn’t want to make any substitutions.
“It [two strikers] could have been positive because we hadn’t scored a goal but again to put Sam Cosgrove on the pitch and then to go to ten men with two strikers would have been difficult.
“It’s would have been the first game for Sam and I don’t think it is the best game for him to have his debut because these kind of games demand a lot of concentration and the first game normally is not easy
“Scott and Juke had a good partnership last season and they were almost relegated so there are much more things that the pairings up front.”