Brentford manager Mark Warburton said 'the best team went through' after his side were beaten by Middlesbrough in the Championship playoff semi-final.
Boro won 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium last night, giving them a 5-1 aggregate win over Brentford and clinching a playoff final place at Wembley on May 25.
Speaking after the game, Warburton offered his congratulations to Middlesbrough. The 52-year-old also said his own future remains unclear after it was announced he will leave Brentford at the end of the season.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said it was the 'perfect night' after his side booked their place in this season's Championship playoff final at Wembley.
Boro beat Brentford 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium last night to clinch a 5-1 aggregate victory. Middlesbrough will face either Norwich or Ipswich in the final on May 25.
Karanka also thanked supporters, his players and everyone involved with the club.
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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka insists his side's Championship playoff tie against Brentford is far from over.
Boro hold a 2-1 lead going into Friday night's second leg at the Riverside Stadium. Karanka's men have also beaten Brentford three times already this season.
But speaking from his own experience as a player with Real Madrid, the Spaniard says 'anything can happen'.
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Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka has praised Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and is 'not surprised' at how well the Cherries are doing under his management.
Despite only being promoted to the Championship in 2013, Bournemouth are third in the table and challenging for promotion to the Premier League.
Second-placed Middlesbrough, who are currently two points ahead of Bournemouth, travel to the Goldsands Stadium this weekend.