Karanka happy as Boro move up

Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka

MANAGER Aitor Karanka urged Middlesbrough to build upon back-to-back home wins in their glamour FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

Karanka was delighted with last night’s win against Cardiff, and is already relishing the prospect of another mouth-watering contest for a team narrowly beaten 14-13 in an astonishing Capital One Cup penalty shootout at Liverpool earlier this season.

He said: “I am looking forward to it. We are going to go to that game in the best shape.

“We have had six points from our last two games, but it will be a very big challenge.

“All the players will want to play well and they will want to play like they did against Liverpool.

“Man City are very impressive. Their squad, I watched the draw and I looked at his squad, they have amazing players.

“They have one of the best squads in the league (but) sometimes surprises can happen.”

More pressing for Karanka in the overall picture is Middlesbrough’s Championship campaign.

Victory at the Riverside put the Teesside club in the automatic promotion places, although the chasing pack have a game in hand.

He said: “I said we needed six points (in our two home games). It is important to have six points in the two games at home.

“We have a good game on Saturday to look forward to but the six points are in our possession. That’s the main thing.

“We have two weeks now until the next league game. We can now focus on the cup game.”

Boro’s fortunes are in stark contrast to those being endured by Cardiff, who have now won just one of their last eight league encounters.

Leeds beat Bournemouth last night, to leave Boro just one point off the leaders.