Put QPR defeat out of your minds Aitor Karanka tells Middlesbrough players

AGONY: Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. Photograph by FRANK REID
AGONY: Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. Photograph by FRANK REID

AITOR Karanka has told his players to forget the dramatic 3-1 defeat to QPR ahead of tonight’s Sky Bet Championship game at Huddersfield Town.

Middlesbrough conceded two stoppage-time goals as they suffered just their third home loss of the season.

“The most important thing is to forget the last minute [of the 3-1 defeat to QPR],” said Karanka.

“We can take a lot positives from the rest of the game though.”

The recent weeks have been frustrating for Boro, making no progress as they sit 14th in the Sky Bet Championship table after a run of only win in the last 11 league games.

“I look at my calendar and look back at the games against Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn and I can’t understand why we haven’t won any of the games,” Karanka said.

“Still, we need to continue working in the same way and the results will come for us.”

Huddersfield have shown similar form to Middlesbrough and they lie 16th following a 1-0 loss at Blackpool.

“They are a team in the same position as us in the table, so it is going to be a difficult and tight game,” Karanka told BBC Tees.

Despite Boro seemingly heading for mid-table obscurity, Karanka believes the season still has some importance to it.

“It’s important we play till the last minute of the last game,” Karanka said.

“We have to respect the club, the fans and the league.

“The players have to show me that they want to be here next season.

“The boys that think this season is over are very wrong.”

Despite his mistake at the death against Rangers, Dimi Konstantopoulos should remain the number one for the fifth game running at the Galpharm Stadium.

The former Pools keeper’s air-kick, apparently after the ball went over a plastic bottle top, let in Bobby Zamora for QPR’s second goal.

Karanka has publicly backed the Greek who should start between the sticks against the Terriers.

There could be a few changes in front of him this evening.

Lee Tomlin could come in for Kei Kamara, the Sierra Leone international having picked up a knock in Saturday’s game.

Emmanuel Ledesma could oust Albert Adomah from the team after the Ghanaian put in a below-par performance at the Riverside.

Meanwhile, Adam Reach’s loan at Sky Bet League One club Bradford City has been extended until Monday April 21.