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Middlesbrough boss hails 'perfect night'

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.


Middlesbrough playoff tie 'not over yet'

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'.


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.

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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