BACK FOUR COME TO KARANKA’S RES­CUE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

Boro

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