AITOR Karanka has sung the praises of Middlesbrough wide men Albert Adomah and Adam Reach.
The duo grabbed the goals as Fulham were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside - a result which leaves Boro just a point behind Championship leaders Norwich City.
It completed an excellent run for the Teessiders who picked up 14 points from a possible 18 between the two international breaks this season.
Reach and Adomah are in good form as Karanka acknowledges though the head coach is glad they will now get a breather ahead of the visit to Brighton a week on Saturday.
“We missed Albert last Tuesday [when he was suspended for the Blackpool game] but both of them are playing very well,” said Karanka.
“Both are the kind of players capable of playing in different positions and they play with intensity and always in a very good mood.
“They are very important players for us.
“They have played a lot of games but they now have two weeks to recover which is good for us.”
Adomah and Reach are therefore unlikely to play when he takes Boro to Sunderland for a friendly against their Premier League neighbours on Thursday,
Karanka has confirmed that he is likely to field players who have not been in the starting team at the Academy of Light.
“It’s a friendly game against Sunderland,” he said.
“I was speaking to Gus (Poyet) and we thought that for both teams it could be good to play one friendly game.
“It will mainly play those players who haven’t been involved too often.”
Karanka is pleased Boro have gone into the break in a good position and in good heart.
“We want to be in the highest possible position so the win was very important for us,” he told BBC Tees.
“I was happy especially in the second half, in the first some players were playing for themselves, but in the second we were very good.
“We are not comfortable when we don’t have the ball but in the second half we did get more ball and played with more confidence and we played very well.”