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Howe success 'no surprise' to Boro boss

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.

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Middlesbrough boss praises McClaren ahead of Derby clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has heaped praise on Derby manager Steve McClaren ahead of tonight's Championship clash at the iPro Stadium.

Derby narrowly missed out on promotion last season after being beaten 1-0 in the playoff final by Queens Park Rangers. But former Boro boss McClaren earned widespread praise for guiding them into the playoffs.

The Rams are currently 4th in the Championship table, two points behind Middlesbrough.

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Karanka confident for Nottingham Forest clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says his side are feeling confident ahead of this weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Championship leaders beat Forest 3-0 at the Riverside on Boxing Day with goals from George Friend, Jelle Vossen and Grant Leadbitter.

Karanka expects a tough match against an in-form Forest but he believes December's result will give his team added confidence.

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