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.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says 'eight teams' are fighting for this seasons Championship title.
Boro welcome fellow promotion chasers Ipswich Town to the Riverside Stadium tomorrow.
Goal for Forest. Gardner curls the ball into the back of the net from outside the box. 1-1.
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.
Millwall manager Ian Holloway was 'gutted' after last night's 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
Patrick Bamford, Kike and Jelle Vossen scored the goals as Boro returned to the top of the Championship table.
The result also means Millwall remain in the relegation zone, six points from safety.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka believes the Championship title race could last until the final day of the season.
Just seven points separate the top seven teams in the league table. Boro dropped to second behind Derby after Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Leeds United.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says his team can 'forget' about other results this weekend.
The Championship leaders welcome Leeds United to the Riverside in the early kick-off at 12:15pm tomorrow. Speaking ahead of the game, Karanka said his team only need to focus on their own result and don't have to look at the other scores.
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