Karanka aims to keep Boro fans off couch

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KEEP calm and carry on – that is the message from Aitor Karanka, who is urging fans not to stress out amid Boro’s recent roller-coaster run.

The Teessiders head to Molineux on the back of a run of three games without a win or a goal, which had followed a powerhouse sequence of seven successive victories in all competitions.

Karanka admits that the club’s past three results have been frustrating, but given the hectic nature of Championship life, he is urging some perspective – for the sanity of supporters.

Karanka, whose side have been pushed down to the final play-off place, said: “If you worry about every game and every result you would end up at the psychiatrists.

“I know we came so close last season and so people are nervous at dropping points. I can understand that, but my message to them is be confident and to trust the team. In this league, if you are nervous for every single game, then you will have problems.

“There is a game every three days and you can be up and you can be down.

“You can be one day after a win: ‘We are going to get promotion’ and two days later if you lose ‘we are going to finish with a relegation.’

“The Championship is a very difficult league and if you go through a whole season like that you will end up at the psychiatrist for sure.

“That is not a criticism of supporters, because I understand the passion, but I want to send a positive message to be confident because now we have an amazing squad, I have more experience and I am sure we will have a good season.”

Three Boro players are walking a disciplinary tightrope ahead of today’s game. Dani Ayala, Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter have amassed four yellow cards apiece and one more will incur an automatic one-match ban.