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Aitor Karanka hails 'important win' for Middlesbrough

9 February 2015

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka was delighted to see three of his strikers get on the scoresheet in a crucial 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic which stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.

Patrick Bamford, Jelle Vossen and Lee Tomlin scored the goals for Boro as they maintained the pressure on the top two in the Sky Bet Championship.

Karanka said: "Football's about goals and when you have strikers like ours it's important they're all scoring, and that's what's happening at the moment. We're going to need all of them.

"It's a very important win, especially when we've not played our best performance especially in the first half.

"We didn't really push on from the first goal. It seemed like it was the worst thing for us to have happened to score so early.

"With all the plaudits after the [Manchester] City win, then when you score after five minutes you can think everything's done, and of course they were wrong. We needed to change our mentality and needed to change the way we were playing."

Boro are now unbeaten in seven matches in the league and Karanka is now keen to keep that run going. 

He said: "Goal difference could be really important at the end of the season and any point you lose now is difficult to recover again, because Bournemouth and Derby are winning their games and we have to keep winning in the same way.

"It's another very difficult game coming up at Blackpool. Everyone can think it's easy because Blackpool are at the bottom, but the pitch isn't good. I won't use that as an excuse but it's going to be a very difficult game."

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