The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MUSTAPHA CARAYOL claims Mid­dles­brough are driven by their past failings and he’s de­ter­mined not to add to their list of play-off woe this sea­son.

Carayol pitched up at the River­side last term from Bris­tol Rovers and, al­though he was in­jured for the ma­jor­ity of the cam­paign, he was still dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish in a lowly 16th place.

In fact, since Boro’s rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship in 2009 they have failed to make the top-six in the sub­se­quent four sea­sons, some­thing winger Carayol is des­per­ate to put right.

“We are more de­ter­mined than ever to suc­ceed,” said Carayol, who is set to start against Wi­gan to­day.

“We’re al­ways de­ter­mined and even when we failed last year I don’t think there’s been any hang­over or re­gret from it be­cause we’re such a pos­i­tive bunch of lads.

“We’re all try­ing to bet­ter our­selves and keep im­prov­ing. Over a sea­son we’re go­ing to have some good days and some bad days and you’ve got to learn to take the good with the bad. Hope­fully we can come out with a good re­sult.”

Ja­son Steele missed last Satur­day’s 1-1 draw with Black­pool with an an­kle in­jury picked up against Charlton but he could be back in con­tention against the Lat­ics while Seb Hines is set to miss out.

“Ev­ery game in this league is weird,” added Carayol.“I’ve come from League Two and you thought you knew what to ex­pect but ev­ery game is dif­fer­ent.

“Hope­fully the fans can be pa­tient, be­cause we do try to pay pass­ing football.”


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