Karanka aims high

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April 15, 2015 17:32:32 UK

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says the team have achieved their aims so far this season as they bid to return to the Premier League.

Three of the four teams chasing the two automatic promotion places in the Championship played on Tuesday night with Bournemouth and Norwich both winning away from home, at Reading and Leeds respectively.

However Boro also kept up the pressure at the top of the table, beating promotion rivals Wolves 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

We made mistakes and we can’t make these mistakes if we want to be a Premier League team.

Aitor Karanka

The home side stormed into an early lead, going 2-0 up inside the first 11 minutes with goals from Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford getting his 17th league goal of the season.

Wolves pulled a goal back from Bakary Sako in the second half, but the home side held on for the vital win that takes them third in the Championship table.

They are a point behind Norwich in second and a further point back from Bournemouth who top the table.

However, Watford, in fourth, play at Nottingham, Forest on Wednesday night and will overtake Boro with a win.

Karanka said after the Wolves game: “We’re third with three games to go and this was the aim at the beginning of the season.

“The first half was amazing, we played very well. But in the second half they showed they’re a strong team. Now we have to rest and to learn from the last three or four games, and get ready for Friday night.

“We made mistakes and we can’t make these mistakes if we want to be a Premier League team.”

Next up for Boro is a vital game on Friday night when they travel to Carrow Road to play Norwich with the winner having an excellent chance of gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Following that game they face Fulham away and then finish the season at home to Brighton.

Boro are 13.00 to finish the season as champions. Norwich are priced at 4.00 and Bournemouth are 1.57.

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