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MID­DLES­BROUGH boss Ai­tor Karanka has risked in­cur­ring the wrath of his own fans by telling them to leave their neg­a­tiv­ity be­hind at the River­side turn­stiles.

Boro are locked in a four­way battle for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League and Karanka be­lieves the team have be­come vic­tims of their own suc­ces­sion, with fans now ex­pect­ing too much.

He said: “Al­ways the at­mos­phere is neg­a­tive and I think they have to be proud of the play­ers be­cause they are be­ing per­fect.

“I would like to have the same pas­sion­ate peo­ple who come when we play away, at home.

“The play­ers need the sup­port and if they want to be in the Pre­mier League like us, we have to go to­gether.”

PROUD: Ai­tor Karanka

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