Middlesbrough boss calm ahead of trip to Brighton

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AITOR Karanka says that Middlesbrough’s defensive lapses the past week are no cause for concern ahead of tomorrow’s away game at Brighton (kick off 3pm).

After embarking on a run of 11 clean sheets in 17 games, Boro conceded three against QPR last Saturday and then twice at Huddersfield in midweek as they drew 2-2.

But Karanka stressed the importance of the manner of the goals, in particular the Dimi Konstantopoulos mis-hit against QPR.

He told BBC Tees: “It is necessary to see how we’re conceding these goals.

“Against QPR the last two goals are nothing important for me work on.

“The second was an accident and the third one my team was dead on the pitch.

“On Tuesday the first goal was a mistake and the second was a very good goal from Nahki Wells.”

Brighton - managed by Karanka’s Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games Spanish team-mate, Oscar Garcia – beat Boro 1-0 at the Riverside back in December.

That defeat preceded a winning run for the Teessiders who duly won five of their next six games.

Atoning for that loss, then, is a motivator for Karanka.

He went on: “It is an opportunity for revenge and I think that home game was important for us because it was the last one we lost at the time.

“It was a match that changed our mentality and energy and after the game we won a lot of games.

“They play good football, they keep the ball.

“I know him and his style and they have good players.”

SportMail understands that Hartlepool-born England U18 captain Bryn Morris is set to feature in Boro’s end of season run-in, and that could include a full debut against the Seagulls.

l RYAN Brobbel has re-signed for League Two play-off hopefuls York City until the end of the season.

The former High Tunstall pupil enjoyed a successful spell with the Minstermen at the beginning of the season and boss Nigel Worthington has recruited him again amidst midfield injuries.

Brobbel recently told SportMail of his intentions to break into the Boro squad before his contract expires this summer.