Karanka wants Middlesbrough to go for goals

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FRUSTRATED boss Aitor Karanka is sick of talking about costly mistakes and defeats since taking over as Middlesbrough’s head coach.

But the Spaniard hopes tonight will signal a change in fortunes and a first away win when Boro visit Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 5.30pm).

While much of the talk has surrounded Boro’s defensive lapses, Karanka is looking for goals at the other end of the park.

“We had 65 per cent possession last week against Brighton, but we lost,” said the 40-year-old who says his players are putting the graft in.

“I don’t want to say it’s just defensive mistakes because if we’d scored two or three goals in the second half we’d have won 2-1 or 3-1.

“I was angry because it was my fifth game here and we’re always losing points in the same way.

“We are closer to the bottom than the top and and we need to improve. The way we are working here, the results will come.”

Boro are just a point and a place below the Lions in the table and victory at the Den will move them above the Londoners.

And Karanka says he is not concerned with the atmosphere generated by the passionate South East London crowd.

“People have told me about it,” said the ex-Real Madrid defender. “But I was a player and I think football is played on the pitch.”

Boro have doubts over defender Jonathan Woodgate and striker Marvin Emnes while Kei Kamara (knee) is definitely ruled out. Shay Given will continue in goal for Jason Steele.