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Aitor Karanka knows importance of victory for Middlesbrough

13 April 2015

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka was relieved to have bagged maximum points after the top three Sky Bet Championship sides all kept up the title race with victories.

Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich all won at the weekend, and fourth-placed Boro maintained their automatic promotion hopes with a 2-0 win at home to fourth-bottom Rotherham at the Riverside.

Karanka said: "It's another important three points because the other teams at the top have won.

"We have to keep going winning the games and we have to keep going in these final four games. We have to concentrate on ourselves.

"If we win four games we'll get promotion but it's very difficult to do that.

"At this time every single point is important as all the other teams at the top have won - and we're still up there fighting for a top-two place."

Second-half goals by Lee Tomlin and Patrick Bamford ensured Boro's 14th home win of the season.

However, it should have been more - Karanka’s men missed a string of chances, while Bamford squandered an injury-time penalty.

"I don't know how many chances we created to score," the boss added. "It could have been 5-0 in the end but we had to settle for two and the most important thing is that we won.

"We had a lot of chances to score more goals, it's frustrating that we're not taking all our chances.

"Promotion can come down to goal difference, but today the main thing is three points."

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