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Boro's Karanka named 'Manager of the Month' again

Aitor Karanka Credit: Middlesbrough FC

Aitor Karanka has won the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for the second time in his career at Middlesbrough.

Boro won all four our their Championship games in September, achieving a 10-2 goal differential, culminating in a 3-0 victory over Leeds.

It's amazing for me. I've been a manager here for two years and we have this award again.

It's not about me, it's about the staff, the players, the people at the club, and the supporters. Without them all it would be impossible.

September was a good month for us, winning those games, but we have to keep going in the same way and keep working."

– Aitor Karanka


Delays for Middlesbrough fans heading to Reading

Middlesbrough FC. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough fans heading to their side's Championship game against Reading today should expect delays.

Cleveland Police are warning the M4 is closed between Junction 12 and Junction 13, to the west of Reading.

They say there will be considerable delays for the foreseeable future.

They're advising people to stay on the M40 and approach Reading from the east.

Team news: Middlesbrough vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Boro are playing Wolves in the third round of the Capital One Cup. Here is a look at the starting eleven and substitutes.

  • Subs: Agazzi, Gibson, Clayton, Stephens, Downing, Reach, Nugent
  • Subs: Martinez, Golbourne, Rowe, Henry, Ojo, Afobe, Le Fondre


Karanka hits back at Tomlin's 'Wembley arrival' comments

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has hit back at claims that his team's late arrival at Wembley ahead of last season's Championship Playoff Final was a factor in their 2-0 defeat to Norwich.

Former Boro forward Lee Tomlin left the club to join Bournemouth last month and made the comments in a recent newspaper interview.

The 26-year-old told the Bournemouth Echo:

We didn’t have the best preparation for the final. We got stuck in traffic on the way to Wembley and didn’t arrive until about 45 minutes before kick-off.

We had a brief warm-up and, when we were in the huddle, some of the lads said we mustn’t let it affect us. But it did affect us and we were 2-0 down inside 20 minutes. Although we played well in the second half, the game was lost.

– Lee Tomlin comments in the Bournemouth Echo

Speaking ahead of Middlesbrough's match against MK Dons on Saturday, Karanka said he was surprised by Tomlin's comments.

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