SHAY Given has become Aitor Karanka’s first Middlesbrough signing and is expected to make his debut against Bolton tomorrow (kick off 3pm).
Newcastle United’s netminder for 12 years, Given has been placed in the Aston Villa cold and joined the Riverside outfit on an emergency one-month loan.
Jason Steele’s dismissal during the Leeds defeat last weekend meant that Karanka, himself making his Teesside bow against The Trotters, targeted a temporary replacement in goal.
Although reports had suggested that the Spaniard had hoped to bolster his squad with up to four additions, only the acquisition of the 125-times capped Republic of Ireland keeper materialised.
Given will be tasked with keeping a clean sheet against Dougie Freedman’s Bolton, a feat only achieved twice all season for Boro.
Karanka wants his side to amend for their errors against Leeds last week and has faith that they can do so.
He told BBC Tees: “For me it’s a very a important game and I want to get my first win.
“It’s a pleasure to take this team because everybody is very happy and I am too.
“The positives last week were the attitude because we can improve our mistakes but the attitude is the most important thing.
“I always speak about the team (as a whole) because all the team need to defend together and attack together.
“The mistakes we need to improve, we have to have more concentration and working at these levels we can improve earlier.
“When you make mistakes like we did at Leeds you lose the game and the players have the confidence that we can play a very good game (this weekend).”
Karanka is knowledgeable of the visitors’ recent improved form of three wins out of five but is of the opinion that the a vocal home crowd – which will be in excess of 20,000 on the back of cheap tickets – can encourage his side to victory.
“Last game at Leeds we had all the support and at our stadium it will be better,” he added.
“The players have only known me two weeks but the players know that the players who train well and play well in the games will be the players who play in the 11.
“They (Bolton) are eight games without a loss but we want to win at home in front of our supporters to give us more confidence.
“For all the work we are doing every day we need to win to keep this confidence.”
Karanka also confirmed that he has no immediate plans to sell Lukas Jutkiewicz, saying: “You never know what will happen but at the moment I work with Lukas the same way I work with all the players.”