BACK FOUR COME TO KARANKA’S RESCUE
WHEN you create chances as scarcely as Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough, you have to take the ones that come along.
And, for once, the men from Teesside did just that. As the travelling fans gleefully reminded their hosts, Boro mustered only two shots on goal all afternoon. Yet both ended up in the back of the net, creating a lopsided scoreline that completely failed to reflect Huddersfield’s dominance.
From first minute to last, it was apparent that David Wagner had drilled his ideas into the Terriers. They passed, they pressed, they attacked from all angles. Their only misfortune was to come up against the Championship’s best centre-halves with Daniel Ayala, in particular, immense. Keep this up and poorer sides will crumble. Boro’s problems haven’t gone away, they still lack a creative spark and rely too much on keeping clean sheets.
But if they keep winning, Karanka won’t care one jot.
STAR MAN DANIEL AYALA