AITOR KARANKA has ordered his Middlesbrough side to starting imposing some home rule.
Boro, buoyed by back-to-back away wins at Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, host Brentford for the first time since 1987, with the Teessiders having lost their last two Championship encounters at the Riverside, against Sheffield Wednesday and Reading.
Home form proved the bedrock of Boro’s solid improvement under Karanka last term and the Basque wants a return to that.
He said: “It is the most important thing to win our games at home.
“It is nice to win games like Huddersfield when there is 3,200 people supporting us, but imagine how beautiful it would be if we won our games at home with 20,000 people watching us.
“For this reason, we have to be strong at home and show everybody we are a strong team. For me, it’s the first step to building something.
“I want us to be consistent. I don’t want my team winning two games then losing one. It’s the same for the supporters. I don’t want them to be sad one day, happy for two days, then sad again. I want a consistent team.”
Karanka is blessed with options throughout the majority of his side, but will hand a debut today to Tottenham loanee Ryan Fredericks, with summer signing Damia out for six months after injuring anterior cruciate ligaments in the win at Cardiff.
He added: “I had already told Ryan he was going to play this Saturday as we have a lot of games and wanted to give Damia a rest.
“Ryan has been ready to play on Saturday since last Tuesday and I trust him 100 per cent. He played 14 games for Millwall last season so knows the division.
“He’s a right-back, but he likes to go forward. He has energy to play. I was speaking with his manager (Mauricio Pochettino) and I have no doubt he will play well.”