The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THEY may have suf­fered a cruel last-gasp loss at the hands of Ful­ham but if Mid­dles­brough show the same fight for the re­main­der of the sea­son as they did in Lon­don, it could still be a fairy­tale fin­ish for the Teesiders.

Ai­tor Karanka gam­bled late in the game and was pun­ished for send­ing up his goal­keeper as Ross McCor­mack struck a late win­ner but the brav­ery they showed to battle back to 3-3 was ev­i­dence they will be a tough nut crack.

Mid­dles­brough will prob­a­bly now have to rely on the play-offs to make a re­turn to the Pre­mier League but the qual­ity they pos­sess means it’s still a real pos­si­bil­ity.

Ful­ham played with no fear as their Cham­pi­onship place is now se­cured and it showed as they fi­nally pro­duced a per­for­mance to be proud of in front of their home fans.

What­ever hap­pens over the sum­mer it seems as though Ful­ham will have a plat­form to build on as they aim for the Pre­mier League af­ter a sea­son to for­get.

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