Dimi handed chance to keep Middlesbrough shirt

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DIMI Konstantopoulos has been handed the chance to keep possession of the Middlesbrough goalkeeper’s gloves.

The former Hartlepool United stopper will tonight make his second Championship start of the season when he lines up in goal for Boro at Cardiff City.

Konstantopoulos played a key role in Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town after taking over from Tomas Mejias who had been rule out with a bad back.

But Boro boss Aitor Karanka has revealed he planned to play the giant Greek anyway at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Tomas has had his chance and now Dimi will stay in the team if he plays well,” said the Spaniard, who had previously selected his compatriot in the league and Konstantopoulos in the Capital One Cup so far this season.

“I have to choose the best XI and now I think Dimi is better for us than Tomas. I think Dimi is the keeper who now transmits more confidence and the players on the pitch feel more confident with him.”

“I have no doubt that Tomas is a very good goalkeeper, he showed last season that he can play here (in England).

“But he’s had his chance and he has to work again to win another chance.”