Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has rejected claims that the club were one of Championship's biggest spenders this summer.
Boro recruited household names including Stewart Downing and David Nugent during the close season, making them one of the bookmakers' early favourites for promotion to the Premier League.
But Karanka insists that other Championship clubs spent far more than Middlesbrough during the transfer window.
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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."
Middlesbrough have lost 0 - 2 away at Reading.
Danny Williams headed in for Reading in the first minute of the game, after a Hal Robson-Kanu cross.
Middlesbrough held their ground for the bulk of the game, but in the final two minutes Nick Blackman scored a penalty after Fernando Amorebieta's foul in the box.
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.
Aitor Karanka insists preparation for Middlesbrough's game against Leeds tomorrow has been very much business as usual.
Though Boro haven't managed to beat Leeds in their last four encounters, the head coach hopes his team's run of good form will carry them through at the Riverside. You can watch the whole of today's press conference here.
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Boro starting XI: Mejias, Kalas, Friend, Amorebieta, Nsue, Forshaw, Leadbitter, Adomah, Fabbrini, De Pena, Kike.
- Subs: Agazzi, Gibson, Clayton, Stephens, Downing, Reach, Nugent
TEAM | Ikeme (c); Doherty, Iorfa, E.-Landell, Deslandes; Wallace, Price, McDonald, Saville, Enobakhare, van La Parra https://t.co/JxcraQ6FXp
- Subs: Martinez, Golbourne, Rowe, Henry, Ojo, Afobe, Le Fondre
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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka wants to see his side to continue their impressive start to the season this weekend.
Boro are second in the Championship table after three consecutive league wins. They now face Nottingham Forest away in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.
Watch Aitor Karanka's full pre-match press conference.