Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka urges team to continue promotion push with win over Huddersfield Town

Middlesbrough look to continue their promotion push on tonight when they face Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship at the Riverside Stadium.

Monday, 4th April 2016, 3:40 pm
Updated Monday, 4th April 2016, 4:46 pm
Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka’s men come into this game on the back of an impressive win at QPR after defeating the Hoops in a five-goal thriller.

Karanka knows every game from now until the end of the season is a big one and Middlesbrough need to approach every game in the same manner if they are to return to the top flight.

The former Real Madrid assistant said: “We need to win because we think about the other games.

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“When we’ve thought we had easy fixtures before we haven’t won.”

With Karanka have a fully fit squad to choose from, the latter is confident his side can continue their good form and pick up the right result.

“I’m confident because with everyone fit and confident it’s good for everyone.

“I think we need to win every single game now.

“We need to forget who the opponent is because we need to win every one.

“The game is another massive three points for us and every game is going to be the same.”

The Teesside club couldn’t have come any closer to a Premier League return after losing to Norwich City in last year’s Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Despite the heartbreak after defeat to the Canaries, Karanka believes his side are a better outfit in comparison to last season and have a lot more experience to show for.

“I think experience is always important.

“We didn’t have that last season and we had to play against the top teams.

“I think we’re better now and more mature.

“We are a team who when we score first it’s difficult to beat us.

“Against QPR we scored and they equalised but we came back again.

“For that reason I know the players are really concentrated and focused and that’s important because we have a lot of games.”

Huddersfield come into this clash on the back of a defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Prior to this game, the Terriers had wins against Leeds United and Reading either side of a Burnley defeat.

Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield the last time the two sides met back in November at the John Smith’s Stadium.