Middlesbrough are raing to go for play-off semi

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka insists his Boro squad are ‘raring to go’ ahead of tomorrow’s Championship play-off semi-final at Brentford.

Boro finished fourth – the club’s highest position since relegation in 2009 – and now face the lottery of the play-offs as they bid to return to the Premier League next season.

We have one game on Friday and we are full of energy

Aitor Karanka

They take on Mark Warburton’s Brentford at Griffin Park in the first leg and Karanka is looking to take a positive result back to the Riverside.

And the Spaniard has called on his players to show the same spirit they recently displayed away at Fulham in the league.

Despite losing at Craven Cottage, Boro battled back from 3-1 down to level the score with 10 men, albeit Fulham caught Karanka’s side on the break and scored a late winner.

Karanka said: “We have one game on Friday and we are full of energy because we showed at Fulham with 10 players against 11 that we were better than them.

“Even with 10 players we worked very well, so now we have one week to prepare the game in the best way, to try and beat Brentford and come back here with a result.

“I arrived here 17 months ago and my objective was to play the play-offs and now we’ve achieved that and it’s amazing for me,” said Karanka.

“I’m learning every single day in this club, league and country.

“It’s amazing for me and I have to keep learning in the same way.”