Middlesbrough boss looking to make home advantage count

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is looking to make home advantage count after the international break.

Four out of Boro’s next six Championship matches will be played at The Riverside stadium.

And Karanka is looking for his squad to take full advantage when MK Dons, Brentford, and Leeds United visit in the Championship, with Wolves in the Capital One Cup.

The two away trips in the next batch of games are at Nottingham Forest and Reading.

“We have our squad, we have six games coming up and four of them are at home,” said Karanka.

“I think that’s good, especially for our crowd because they’ve been travelling.

“I’d like to say thank you to them because their support as always is tremendous.”

The club’s head coach said the international break is a chance to take stock after a busy opening month - with seven games in 20 days.

Boro, who beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1, are 6th in the table with eight points from the opening five matches.

“I was disappointed after our games against Bristol City and Preston,” reflected Karanka.

“We had a squad to win those games, but now I think about them, they were difficult, especially against Preston because it was the first of the season and they had just won of promotion.

“Bristol was more disappointing because it was at home and people thought we should win.

“We had chances to equalise, but we have to learn from that game.

“We didn’t have too much time afterwards because we were into more games, but now we have a break before another run and we will be ready to fight for everything.”