Karanka talks up Middlesbrough promotion chances

Aitor Karanka believes Middlesbrough need only concern themselves with their own results to ensure they are promoted to the Premier League.

The Riverside Stadium has not played host to top-flight football since 2008-2009, but optimism is high that they will once more be amongst the elite next season. Boro are currently second in the Championship standings, two points adrift of leaders Derby County but three points ahead of third place Ipswich Town, with 13 matches of the campaign to complete.

A shock home defeat to Leeds United last weekend may have raised a few jitters for the supporters of the Teesside club, who will be hoping to see their heroes get back to winning ways when they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. And Boro head coach Karanka is keen to remind any doubters that his side have destiny in their own hands.

“Everyone is going to lose points because we all know how difficult this league is,” he told the official club website. “Now we have to think about ourselves because we have to win our games and if we do that, we’ll be at the top. I don’t want to think about what is going to happen in a few months’ time. I will concentrate on the Sheffield game first, Millwall after that and then Nottingham Forest.”

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