Middlesbrough WILL score and WILL win says Aitor Karanka

IN GOOD HANDS: Dimi Konstantopoulos
IN GOOD HANDS: Dimi Konstantopoulos

AITOR Karanka still believes Middlesbrough can start winning games despite there being no end in sight to their goal-shy run.

Boro have failed to score since their win over Charlton six games ago, making it a club record 614 minutes without a goal, which includes four 0-0 draws in five league matches.

“I am happy with attitude of my players,” said the head coach.

“The wins will come if we continue to play like we did against Leeds.

“We have a lot of new players in the starting XI and they have all done well.”

Middlesbrough are 13th in the Championship – 10 points off the play-offs and 13 points above the relegation places.

They face a testing month in March as they play eight league matches over 29 days.

“We cannot be obsessed [about the goalless run], we are creating chances,” said Karanka.

“On Saturday the team was good. If we play like this again, we’ll start scoring.”

Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds United saw Shay Given play his last game of a loan spell with Boro.

During the 37-year-old’s time on Teesside, Boro kept 10 clean sheets in 16 league matches.

“He’s an amazing person and an amazing professional,” Karanka told BBC Tees. “I wish him all the best in his future.”

The Boro chief now faces a decision over which goalkeeper will start Saturday’s Championship game at Sheffield Wednesday.

The candidates are current bench man Dimi Konstantopoulos, Spanish arrival Tomas Mejias and original first-choice stopper Jason Steele.

Konstantopoulos, who enjoyed a successful spell at Hartlepool United in the mid 2000s, has started just one game this season in the FA Cup third round against Hull City.

The 35-year-old’s last run in a starting role was for AEK Athens in the Greek Superleague, where he played 39 times between 2011 and 2013.

Mejias is on loan from Real Madrid, where the 25-year-old played 63 times for the Spanish giants B-team since 2008, making one substitute appearance for the first XI.

Steele was the automatic starter under Tony Mowbray, the England under-21 international playing in all 46 games last season.

He was a regular until his red card in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United in November but has been missing since with a shoulder injury, which he has only recently recovered from.

Boro are not short on the keeper front with Jayson Leutwiler or Connor Ripley both having played for the Under-21s since the beginning of the year.

Whoever dons the keeper’s gloves will have to keep out a Sheffield Wednesday side, who have won three of their last five games to be just four points off Middlesbrough in

15th place.