Konstantopoulos hails Middlesbrough’s back line ahead of Cardiff test

Dimi Konstantopoulos
Dimi Konstantopoulos

MIDDLESBROUGH stopper Dimi Konstantopoulos has hailed the club’s defensive record ahead of the visit of Cardiff City.

Promotion-chasing Boro have kept shut outs in their last five matches to leave Aitor Karanka’s side with the best record in the league.

The latest came in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Konstantopoulos, a former Hartlepool United keeper, believes keeping cool under pressure has been key to their success.

“We were under pressure towards the end but to be fair, we controlled most of the game,” said the giant Greek.

“While it was still 1-0, the opposition is trying to get something out of the game and because we didn’t manage to kill the game off earlier that kind of pressure is to be expected.

“I think we defended well, I did my bit, the lads did theirs and that’s what keeps clean sheets.

“We’re confident in our defending. We defend well in the majority of games we play and we keep quite a few clean sheets.

“I think even when we’re under pressure and it gets quite intense we know what we have to do.

“We don’t usually come under that much pressure, but it was good to be involved in the action on Saturday.”

His display - including some key saves late on - drew praise from boss Karanka as Boro picked up another three points.

Konstantopoulos, who was speaking to the club’s wesbite, added: “That’s the goalkeeper’s position - you have to be ready all the time.

“You might be needed for one second to do your job and they are the most difficult games for a keeper.

“If you’re not focused and concentrating then you could miss that situation where you need to step up.”

Boro, fourth in the Championship, host 13th placed Cardiff at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night.