Middlesbrough go to Wembley with hope and confidence says Jonathan Woodgate

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate.
Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate.

JONATHAN Woodgate today said it was a “dream” to go to Wembley with Middlesbrough for the Sk Bet Championship play-off final.

A proud Boro boy, the former England defender will be in the squad for the match against Norwich City which could signal a return to the Premier League for the club for the first time in six years.

“It’s going to be massive,” said Woodgate. “It’s a dream to be in a situation with a team I’ve supported all my life.

“As a kid I’d go to the games with my dad and I had all the pictures on my wall.

“Monday is a massive game for the club and the town.

“We’ll go there with a lot of hope and confidence.

“We won’t be over-confident but we’ve got to be confident going into the game.”

Woodgate, who came on for the dying moments of the semi-final second leg win over Brentford at the Riverside last Friday, will have to be content with a place on the bench with Aitor Karanka set to pair Dani Ayala and Ben Gibson.

But the 35-year-old said the club comes before the individual and all the focus is on the chance for Boro to return to England’s elite.

“It’s a huge match for the club,” he said. “It’s the biggest game for the club for a long, long time.

“We need to win that game.”